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Funny how things work when you are focused on a goal.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

My first goal when starting with Spark People was and is to make the 30 days in the program, to become involved in the community and to add my voice of support to those who have chose the journey to health and activity.

It is always easy to find excuses to not exercise "today" or to not record what you eat, or to choose unwisely with regards to food. Sometimes you have to dig deep to find that commitment that you had yesterday! Only two weeks in and I already know this.

I am a busy person, I love being busy - "better busy than bored", but I am finding time for this program and am being faithful bout recording intake - even when I have not met my standards! Sometimes, when travelling I do not have access to a computer but I am staying the course.

This morning - I received a call from my daughter in Hong Kong - who REALLY wants me to visit in December. So much that she has offered to pay my flight from Vancouver to Hong Kong! What's a MOM to do! If any of you have read my introduction - one of the determining factors for starting NOW was the seat situation on the plane. I have 3 months to vanquish 30 lbs! Talk about motivation!

When my girls were small, I would take them swimming and would dive under the water to nibble at their legs and feet. We called it a shark attack! The air would be full of laughter, and giggles and splashing, so much fun and such great memories.

A few years later, I called "shark attack" and the youngest said with the innocence of youth "No way Mom - now it is a whale attack".

The youngest lives in Hong Kong - I want to give her a proper shark attack this December!"

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THINRONNA 9/2/2010 3:04PM

    How wonderful! You keep that attitude up and you will do it!

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Annual Golf Tourney

Monday, August 30, 2010

Well, I survived the weekend. Okay truth out - I enjoyed the weekend and I am just darned tired!
Each year my husband and I host a golf tourney for his work group. Over the years it has grown from a Saturday tee off and barbecue to people coming to hot tub and camp fire on Friday, golf the next morning, bocci ball in the afternoon and poker in the evening, All accompanied with fun, food , laughter and liberal libations. It was especially important this year because of the down turn in the economy, this years lay-offs for everyone to know they are especially appreciated.

I did do extra exercise last week and cut a few calories where I could. I know I had lost a few pounds. This was all in preparation for the weekend. When I weighted in this morning- I have chosen the weekly weight in for Mondays (I am thinking Friday a.m. might be a better selection.) I had gained one lb. I am not sure when the last time gaining one pound was considered a victory but I do consider it a victory - and am eagerly looking forward to this week to shed that one and more.

Feelin good!
p.s. not sure why alchol has to have so many calories! arrgh lol

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DEWACHA 8/30/2010 12:53PM

    thanks Thinronna... and that is exactly right.....moving on and feeling confident.

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THINRONNA 8/30/2010 12:30PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! I'm so glad you can accept your pound and move on with our fretting. Have a wonderful week!

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Friday, August 27, 2010

It's end of my business month today at midnight, finishing final orders, making sure goals are met, making sure team members don't miss their goals. AND.... my husband I are hosting our annual golf Tourney, people start arriving today and leave Sunday. Last min. stuff is everywhere! And I am scrambling.
HOWEVER - why I am writing here is I am still taking time for my 1.5 miles on the tread mill today. And I think what I will do tomorrow is get up before everyone else and go for a walk/run. I do know.... I will likely be over calories, this weekend.... but I will do my best to record and resist! I am not beating myself up over it.
Have a great weekend all.
Thanks for being there!

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DEWACHA 8/27/2010 1:55PM

    Thanks , your words of encouragement mean alot!.... did 1.5 and my strength exercises.. feeling good going to have some fun!

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SARAWALKS 8/27/2010 1:11PM

    Good strategy! And you're getting your exercise in so that will help!
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I think I forgot to answer your comment re. Israel - yes, it is going to be very exciting & lots of discoveries, I'm sure! I have a photo of Pope John Paul II putting his prayer on the wailing wall...and my neighbor's son and family live there, in the South, so she has told me a lot. emoticon

Enjoy your weekend!

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Are You Afraid?

Monday, August 23, 2010

I have committed to many diet attempts , usually with some degree of success, but never permanent. I have tried Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, paid programs, extreme paid programs, programs on my own, cabbage diet(lol yes did and more than once!) and Spark people. I have supported the economy in my purchasing of diet books! I have always done these attempts on my own - tired of friends or husband saying "she is on another diet" My husband is very supportive and likely my friends would be if I allowed them. I am just afraid they will witness weakness and or failure!

I am reminded I smoked for 35 years, and attempted quitting many times - with weight gain being the biggest excuse to continue smoking. Some one told me - each time you quit smoking you come closer to the time that you will quit, closer to getting it right" I quit smoking "cold turkey" at the end of January 2004 - I got it right - I will never again do that to my body and my health.

I am working on my health here, I am working on consistency and no excuses. The saying "do or die" has new meaning for me. My brother who is 7 years older than I, was recently hospitalized with a heart attack. The diagnosis was not good - he had been have small heart attacks for some time and the whole left side of his heart is not repairable" Our father passed with heart failure at age 63. My mother and brother passed with colon cancer, my other brother passed with complications from Asthma. If there was ever a genetic reason to be afraid... it is now.
This is the first time I have used the support network of spark people, this is the first time I have gone beyond the calorie and fitness counter. So yes, I am afraid, but I also feel this is the time I am going to get it right. Starting with being part of this community of motivating and courageous people. We all have our own story and our own reasons, but I realize now so many here walk, run and stumble down same path.

I am awed and inspired by the Spark Pages here, by the journeys taken and the challenges met. The stumbles and the falls and the GETTING UP AGAIN! I am so grateful to all of you for sharing your journey.

thank you

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CLAUDECF 8/24/2010 4:15AM

    I quit smoking years ago, and remember the pain, literally the pain. I wouldn't want to put my body through that again, or my mind.
I too have the feeling I am working for my health. And started with a hospital coached program two years ago. It has been very helpful and I find the same principles here at Sparkpeople. Doing this with other people is wonderful. emoticon

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CAROLINAMUSED 8/23/2010 10:14AM

    Excellent post. Sounds as if we have smoking cessation in common - I wonder if, like me, you find parallels between that and weight loss. And yes, sharing in a community and reading the stories of others is incredibly powerful! I am reminded daily that I am far from alone, and that's just the start of it.


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Thursday, August 19, 2010

30 days makes a habit. And my Mantra will be " Do or do not - there is no try" I am here today at this obese weight(that is a difficult word to type and even more difficult to say) as a result of my actions and choices, both in food and lifestyle. I know that sounds like a hard line but I am sincerely and clearly looking in the mirror. And I choose life. And I choose that person who has so skillfully hidden herself under 80 lbs of excess weight. I want to be healthy and I want my children and husband to be proud of me. I want to be proud of me. Right now I am going for consistency in recording food intake, drinking my water and exercise. Little steps consistently. emoticon

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SARAWALKS 8/23/2010 6:25PM

    Consistency in small steps is the best way, I have found. Hard for me, I tend to be an all or nothing type, but that leads to the old roller coaster that we all know so well. Hang in there! emoticon emoticon

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CMJONES77065 8/19/2010 1:54PM

    You have a great attitude (with a little Yoda mixed in). It sounds like a painfully honest appraisal and a healthy response. Results come slowly, but consistency will win the day. Hold fast to the principals you stated here. They will help you through the tough times ahead.

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