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Chapter 8: Lifestyle Change

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle."
~Sasha Cohen

I am well into my lifestyle change. Things are going smoothly and I am very happy with what I see ahead. I know there will be many obstacles to overcome, but by taking them one day at a time I will persevere. I am more motivated than ever to follow my dreams and be the me I know I can be. I am seeing so much progress that is it unbelievable: my energy levels are up, I am doing more of what I want to in life, I have gotten back to my optimistic self, I am losing inches and I am losing weight. I will pat myself on the back every day and continue on with all the changes I am seeing.

  
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IDALUKE 6/7/2010 1:52PM

    You have a great attitude, I've put myself in mirror and don't like what I see, You will go far with your attitude emoticon emoticon

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 2/26/2010 3:26PM

    Together we can. Together we ARE! Great words to live by...thank you for writing.

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RE2BAH 2/26/2010 3:04PM

    Yes, make it happen! Little changes made constantly add up to a lot! emoticon emoticon

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UNSINKABLEMOM 2/25/2010 12:38PM

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BLEBJO 2/23/2010 4:25PM

    Go you! I know you can do it, and it's so great that we can be in the lifestyle change together.

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AMBERLASHELL 2/23/2010 2:47PM

    I try to pat myself on the back every day, it really helps! Great attitude! :)

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/23/2010 2:38PM

    that is a terrific attitude, it will take you far! emoticon emoticon

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Chapter 7: Healthy Diet Habits

Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets."
~American Proverb


Since I have been here before, I have set new goals to reach new habits. Instead of just setting myself the goal of 10 mins a day, I have set the goal of 90% of workouts a month. This is because my working out has become quite sporadic and I need to get back to being in more of a routine. I know a lot of it has to do with the change in my daily schedule, but I can't use that as an excuse. Since this is a life change, I need to adapt my routine and fit it into my day.
Since beginning my journey I have created so many new habits, so much so that even others notice. I have a sister-in-law and wife who try so hard to help me stick with them. They encourage me when I need it and my DW tries so hard to make sure all of my meals have everything they need. I have even begun to subconsciously pay really close attention to what I buy and will find myself flipping the box over without even knowing it.
I also feel that exercise is now an ingrained habit. I find when I go shopping I always want to stop by the sporting goods store or section just to see if there is anything there that I would like to have or that would benefit my current workout. I am also constantly thinking about the workout I get to do when I get home which helps me get through my day b/c I am so excited about it. I know that may sound weird, but it is so true.

  
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WEGENERCS 3/28/2010 1:51PM

    I could relate to what you wrote. I always took extra time in the grocery store to get the best buys, use coupons, etc., but only recently have I really begun to read labels, shop mainly in the fresh produce section, and consult alternative ways to preparing meals (remaking recipes). This is starting to be a habit (although do admit that this new shopping habit seems to be more expensive on the budget...but that's another items worthy of it's own blog). emoticon

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BUTTERFLYTURTYL 2/28/2010 10:56PM

    Good luck!!!

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BUTTERFLYTURTYL 2/28/2010 10:56PM

    Good luck!!!

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BUTTERFLYTURTYL 2/28/2010 10:56PM

    Good luck!!!

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/22/2010 2:22PM

    you will get there. you have to make the conscious decision to stick with your goals on a daily basis. enjoy the journey. emoticon

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/22/2010 9:25AM

    I appreciate your comments. @Pindoc, TS is great, it's like having a little motivation tool at your side all the time.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/22/2010 9:25AM

    I appreciate your comments. @Pindoc, TS is great, it's like having a little motivation tool at your side all the time.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/22/2010 9:24AM

    I appreciate your comments. @Pindoc, TS is great, it's like having a little motivation tool at your side all the time.

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BLEBJO 2/22/2010 7:42AM

    It's great to hear about your positive attitude, and all the good life choices you're making. I've decided on a routine and will stick to it as far as I can, and part of it is because of great motivators like you.

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KATAKITOMOTSIN 2/22/2010 12:34AM

    I am so glad to see your are making positive changes. It all becomes so natural after awhile. I wish you loads of success on your HEALTHY JOURNEY.

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_MAOMAO_ 2/21/2010 11:41PM

  emoticonYeah Jessica!
I love the way you've been blogging each chapter. I've read TS 1x, but I know I'll have to read it again. It is SO neat when our struggling efforts b/c habits, when we can't wait to workout and when we actually crave healthy foods.
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Chapter 6: Fast Break

Friday, February 19, 2010

"We build our character from the bricks of habit we pile up day by day."
~ Zig Ziglar


I have created "fast break" goals several times. The first time, I used ones given by SP and for the others I used a mix of my own and SP's. Each time I have wanted to change my routine or do something a little different I created "fast break" goals. I find they really help and work. Now that I have been reading the book, I created some again and used a different one of Sp's that I have never used before. This time around I am going to try something that is difficult for me.
I love the idea of journaling, but I always have a hard time. I find it actually helps me sleep, but I have never used it for focusing myself. After the first couple of days it usually gets forgotten about, well...this time around I created a goal to write at least 10 minutes every night before bed. I figure this is a good starting point, and I hear once you get used to it, you just keep getting better. We will see, I think this is a habit that could really help me.

  
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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/20/2010 11:08AM

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RDEEEEEEEEE 2/19/2010 12:13PM

    That's what I do. Constantly reviewing and setting new goals : )

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RDEEEEEEEEE 2/19/2010 12:13PM

    That's what I do. Constantly reviewing and setting new goals : )

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Chapter 5: Positive Force

Thursday, February 18, 2010

"If you take a single step toward positive change, that divine energy will take a hundred steps toward you. New worlds and unbelievable possibilities will open up for you. The synchronicities that will begin appearing in your life will become a source of delight and amazement."
~Joan Borysenko


I love the feeling of being a positive force, I have seen a few of my friends and family members really start to focus on their lifestyles after seeing my changes. My sister-in-law and I just feed off each other and help motivate each other a long the way. We have different tastes in fitness and foods, but we workout together and share meal plans. I think through doing this we have both become more well-rounded people. There are so many new things that both of us have tried, some of them we liked and some of them we didn't. This has made us both better people from the inside out.
As a teacher-to-be, I have also put a lot of thought into what kind of role model I want to be there. While subbing in the long term position I am in now, my students were working on public service announcements and as much as I tried not too, I became so overly thrilled and involved in the group that chose to do one on childhood obesity. I didn't do the work for them, but I did share with them many of the great sites full of information that I have found. I felt the thrill of watching them create their announcement and this made me think....when I have my own class, how will I be able to bring a healthy lifestyle to them. I think one of my favorite units to teach will be one on nutrition and health. I am determined to incorporate it somewhere, even if it isn't the main theme.
Another way I have thought about becoming a positive force with all the knowledge I have gained is by becoming a health/fitness coach somewhere some how. Right now this isn't my main goal, but it is one and I will get there some day. I have found so many passions I didn't even know I had. People around me are noticing too and I think that is wonderful in itself. One day at a time I will become the complete person I want to be and help others a long the way.

  
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VHALL89 3/24/2010 8:59AM

    I love the quote at the beginning.......very powerful!

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Chapter 4: Fire (Control of My Life)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"There's only one instant, and it's right now. And it's eternity."
~Pinball playing man

I need to have more control of my life. I love to live day by day, but I need to determine what I do and what happens during that day. The choices I make now are going to affect the rest of my life. I love the concept of one step back, two steps forward; I strongly believe in this. All my life growing up I have heard, "don't eat this" "don't drink this" "cut this out of your diet" "take this pill" this, that or the other thing. It has stopped. Once I found Sparkpeople and read through the site, I realized this site is exactly what my philosophy has always been. However, I always thought my philosophy was some how faulted because no one else agreed. I strongly believe that I make my own decisions and should have FUN creating a healthy lifestyle for myself. Through Sparkpeople, I have been able to do this and with the site to back me up many friends and family members are beginning to see what I have been saying all a long.
I eat what I want and when I want. This started as a process of watching what I eat with the tracker to see what I need to adjust, and now I do pretty well at just eating then entering my information and being in the range I need to be. As for the "when I want", I started eating on a schedule every three hours, now I don't have to pay attention and my body knows when it is hungry and when it is not. I find now, since I keep my body fueled I don't snack a lot and can pass up food when I'm not hungry. It used to be I would eat it any way just because it looked or smelled good, not because I was hungry.
I also find a thrill in exercising. I don't have people telling me "it has to be done this way for this amount of time" anymore when they are just going by hearsay anyway. I have learned proper techniques and with this site have realized that it is okay not to over push myself or that it is okay to stop if you have that feeling that it's not right or that you know you can't do anymore because you are going to pass out.
I have taken control and it is a great feeling and I have definitely added more "time" to each day. I never realized how much time I spent stressing and just trying to keep my life organized. It is a great feeling and I know I definitely have the FIRE!

  
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FIERCE_FABULOUS 2/17/2010 3:14PM

    emoticon I am so happy to see that you are motivated and clearly understand your needs and your body, that is GREAT! Don't you just love The Spark?! I understand where you are coming from with others giving their advice and eating and exercise habits. You do whatever you are comfortable with, and you know what is right. You just have to take intiative and do it! Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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