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Feeling a sense of progress

Friday, February 22, 2013

When you are on a health and fitness program as we all are, and you are also a food lover, as most of us are, and you tend towards sedentary behavior, as I do, you can get kind of dispirited about your progress. I joined the 13-13-13 challenge, but I couldn't seem to keep my cravings at bay and due to a bout of hopelessness about life in general (like getting a job), I found myself sleeping as much as I could and sitting in my easy chair with no excuse whatsoever to skip working out or avoid drinking water. Well, like some other posters describe it, I have put my "big-girl panties" back on.

I decided that since I didn't want to eat like a vegetarian paleo person, I needed to take working out and water drinking more seriously. I set a goal to work that Wii Fit Plus daily until it said I had burned 200 calories. Who knows if I really burned that much, but it takes more than 30 minutes to get there and to do it quickly, it takes more of the active activities. So this week it's been long bike rides, more rounds of strength and yoga stuff, hula hooping, chasing cats, and step step step aerobics. I don't call it quits until I hit 200+ calories. I thought I was bored with Wii Fit, but I am so grateful I have it to make getting active a game and trackable.

I am also chugging that water. I tend to take in 9 cups versus the 6 I need to keep my streak going and the 8 that Spark recommends. I don't think about whether I like it or not, I just CHUG it! I try to get the first 3 cups done early, the 2nd before the family descends, and the final 3 in the early evening so I can go to the restroom a few times before bed. I'm DOING IT!

And the scales are cooperating with me. I had allowed them to creep up for a week. But for the past three days, they are descending again. I have to keep my mind on the fact that I want to weigh less than 200 pounds. It will take effort to make that happen.

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DETERMINED_ME 2/26/2013 11:39PM

    Way to get back on track! I proud of you. It's never easy (I've let myself slack a little too) but as you are, I am getting back on track as well. No my blogs don't go into details of my slacking but it's there...Hidden beneath the words. We'll get there. Slowly but surely!!

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DIBANANA 2/24/2013 10:22PM

  You are so right. We do love food here and often are sedentary. You will get to Onderland. I am aiming for that as well. We can do this. It takes time and re-evaluation from time to time.


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IS1GAR 2/24/2013 9:15PM

    Is great you took matters into your own hands and you are doing it. emoticon emoticon
I have been in the same battle myself and I still not totally recover.....but I thank you for your blog, it makes me realize I'm not alone and I'm taking your challenge to work out until I burn 200 calories.
Good luck my friend, emoticon

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ALASKABRED 2/23/2013 7:57PM

    Sounds like you are having a great week. I need to break out my WiiFit also. I try to get out of the house during my exercise because it is supposed to be good for you. I did like the Wii though. Sorry about the job hunt. I know that this economy can be trying for those looking for a job. I actually considered going back recently because of various circumstances. I haven't decided yet.

Keep up the good work moving and you will succeed.


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1EMMA2011 2/23/2013 9:51AM

    You can do it! It's just like you said, making it a game is smart and drinking the extra water is really helpful. We have to push hard to get through these "mind barrier" goals to make our dreams come true.

I wish there were a sight like SP for job hunting! Let's you and me invent one!

Thinking of you!


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CELEST 2/23/2013 7:35AM

    I had to google what a vegetarian paleo person was even. I learn new things every day,

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MAKINGHERPROUD 2/22/2013 10:54PM

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MARIANNE9855 2/22/2013 5:03PM

    good job!
the job search can be such a downer as we both know but we are both getting healthy and will be in much better shape when we do get hired. Even though other people might not notice the weight off- I know I can move better and won't get all winded if they take me on a tour like I did during one interview.
Feeling better is what its all about! emoticon

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EMPTYSKY 2/22/2013 3:23PM

    Excellent! Get rid of that "stinkin' thinkin' " emoticon

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MELISSAD71 2/22/2013 2:54PM

    Way to go! Keep up the hard work! emoticon

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Sunday Afternoon

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Have not been doing well with my eating this week. Thanks Easter candy! I cannot resist a box of chocolate. I have cooked a lot of veggies though. I made a tasty chicken enchilada soup this week that was muy tasty! Yesterday, I braised so cheap little steak cuts over a bed of carrots and leeks. I poured a small can of V-8 juice over the veggies. It made a nice pot liquor to sauce the side dish of cous cous I prepared mixed with some green peas. The kids enjoyed this meal too.

I was losing my zeal for fitness activities, but I think I'm back on the wagon again. I skipped a day for no apparent reason. I did several short sessions this week so I was unable to reach my weekly calorie-burning goal last week. Today I went for nearly an hour to get a good start on this week's goal.

The one goal I'm doing great at is glugging my water. Yay water! If only 64 ounces of water was all it took to get us thinner. I am doing my water!

Hope all of you are having a better time of it than I am. I am going to watch myself the rest of today and tomorrow so maybe I can be near my low weigh-in from last week. I knew it was too good to be true to get down so low, but I really need to get on the good foot to bust down into a new decade! I need to get my focus back!

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GINGERD03 2/19/2013 6:23PM

  When I get tired of my exercise routines I switch it up - lately I've been working in my house instead-cleaning a ton-you can work up a nice calorie burn getting your house all cleaned up for sure :) I also like to put on music & do my own made up routines or dance for fun-that gets me out of the slumps of the same old.

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SCHOOLCOOK2 2/18/2013 8:15AM

    This is the time of year that things get tough for all of us.. Always a boring time of year. They are talking about a hugh snow storm headed our wayby the end of the week. I hope it slides by us but we will see. They say it could be 8 to 12 inches.
All we keep saying is at least it is almost the end of Feb. so not much winter left. Hang in there and we shall conquer the winter and head in to the spring with "spring" in our steps.
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ALASKABRED 2/18/2013 12:03AM

    Like you, I have to get out tomorrow and go on my walk through the desert. Just the act of getting out helps but the decision to get out is the tricky thing. We are all on this path of wellness together and it helps to check in to get that boost we need to keep going. Your meals sound great and healthy. I had a piece of dark chocolate tonight too. We can't say no to ourselves all the time, as long as we get back on track right away. It is something I have to learn. I am making a promise to myself, that I will get out for some sort of physical activity at least four times this week. Are you game?


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SYDLETZIII 2/17/2013 10:21PM

    Did not even know it was easter so no candy. I think we all lose our zeal for exercise this time of year, which is why we need are friends even more to kick us in the hind-side to get us back up and get moving lol

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DETERMINED_ME 2/17/2013 9:24PM

    Sounds like you are getting back on track! You can do it!

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KAREN608 2/17/2013 9:24PM

    I've been having food issues here, and being in the house with husband, mealtimes keep coming by and he wants cakes, muffins and candy around so oh dear oh dear oh dear.
I haven't done much for exercise and I fear a weigh in! sigh.

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STARSUB99 2/17/2013 6:42PM

    I so get you - I am now 51 and last year found myself over fifty, overweight and unemployed. It is a good time to regroup, use the time to get back on track - and focus on one thing at a time. Good for you for getting the hang of drinking all that water. It's one I struggle with all the time. I find that when I am all over the map with the food and exercise that I need to slow down my mind and just imagine the steps to where I want to go. Create that neuropathway in your head - and then do it one step at a time.... it's okay to be off track now and then. One step forward... then another and another - slow and steady wins the race. emoticon

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1EMMA2011 2/17/2013 5:58PM

    The meal sounds oh so delicious! Good for you for getting right back on track with your exercise and you are doing so well with your water!! Together we can do it!!


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MNTWINSGAL 2/17/2013 5:38PM

    This can be a difficult time of year to stay on track... the thermometer takes a dive and comfort foods come calling. But hang in there! Let's keep going with the water, and it WILL make a difference!

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Throw out your rear-view mirror

Friday, February 15, 2013

I decided to subscribe to Jonathan Roche's latest challenge over on FlyLady and wondered why I wasnt recieving his emails. There they were in my junk file! I read his 15 Secrets to Better Health. Nothing really earth-shattering here for those of us who Spark. But one take-away idea is to quit dwelling on the past. We need to quit regretting our missed exercises and overeating from yesterday. There is nothing we can do about what happened in the past. Today is a fresh day. Let's make it a great one.

I am going to attempt to adopt that idea again in my own personal life. I have made mistakes in my life and my mind returns to those episodes again and again. I am going to remember that there is nothing I can do about what happened in the past. I am going to focus on today and the future. In interviews, I'm not going to be sorry about the past. I am going to focus on the present, things I've learned about myself since then, and the fact that I am a great person and would be an asset to any organization.

Keep on sparking, y'all!

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GAYLLYNNE 2/16/2013 9:53AM

    Wonderful advice. Something to think about for sure!

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KAREN608 2/15/2013 3:59PM

    It used to be called, in the old days, to not listen to the old tapes, but same principal, the past is gone, thank goodness.

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MARIANNE9855 2/15/2013 2:10PM

    good for you! it is so hard in the interviews though. I know that if I ever get one I will present better this time even though I am still so big-since I move and feel so much better.
I don't know what happened to you but since I was fired- I do have to acknowledge that in the interview and then prove to them why they should hire me. I think sometimes that stops me from even getting an interview because they see it on my application.

Any way I know I have the skills to do great most places and I know you do too! We just need a chance. emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 2/15/2013 1:29PM

  Great advice............. emoticon

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CELEST 2/15/2013 1:29PM

    Love that healthy.

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    past? what past? i don't recall any past.

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DETERMINED_ME 2/15/2013 12:59PM

    Yes dwelling on the past could hinder the present and the future.

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No Excuses weightloss program from FlyLady's Jonathan Roche

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I feel somewhat in weightloss doldrums. I did manage to dip down a pound on weigh-in, but I bet it's not permanently gone. I don't seem to be interested in my usual fitness routines nor in being careful in my eating. I am managing to drink my water at least.

I get Flylady email in my hotmail account and today there was one from "Kelly" who invited my to lose 15-30 pounds by Memorial Day. Well, I clicked the link and now I'm involved in another program to hopefully motivate me to get re-inspired to drop some weight. I am not abandoning my Spark Team or friends, I'm just opening up to FlyLady's Virtual Personal Trainer, Jonathan Roche, and his motivating ideas. I hope they work! I'm sure if you google FlyLady or Jonathan Roche, you can gain access to him too. He's been affiliated with FlyLady for several years now, and has a program on BlogTalkRadio (a radio podcast location). I've checked him out before, and to gain complete access to all he offers, money must change hands. I always draw the line there, especially now that I'm unemployed. But I think this challenge I've joined is free, so wish me luck!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/14/2013 5:51PM

  Thank You for the information on FlyLady. I may check that out.
And, I wish you luck on reigniting your Spark......... emoticon

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ALASKABRED 2/14/2013 11:31AM

    This is always a personal journey on what works best for us. We all have different triggers and habits which has resulted in our weight gain or loss. I did the best in the past when I had a partner who worked out with me. I don't have that now but am trying to remember who good I feel when I do good things for myself. Sometimes I get tired because in our society there are so many bad triggers pushed in our face constantly... You will persevere.

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PATSYB7 2/14/2013 5:26AM

    This is the toughest time of year for so many of us, myself included. Thanks for the info--I love! I'll check out Jonathan's info. Think spring! emoticon

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LADYKATHLEEN5 2/13/2013 10:20PM

  Hope Fly Lady plan works for you.

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MAESTRMUTI 2/13/2013 9:44PM

  I got that email today too, and have also decided to commit to his plan. Gotta do something!

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DETERMINED_ME 2/13/2013 9:21PM

    If it works for you, that's is GREAT!! That what matters is that it works for you and will help you set pace for you to do it for the rest of your life.
Good luck!!

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MARIANNE9855 2/13/2013 9:04PM

    Whatever works for you is the right thing to do. You do such a generous thing checking in and encouraging everyone else. I want you to feel successful too.
Happy valentines day emoticon

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KIM2260 2/13/2013 8:03PM

    best of luck, i could stand some more motivation right now as well emoticon

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Mind Games

Saturday, February 09, 2013

This weight loss thing is as much of a head trip as it is a physical activity. We have to use our minds too. I have such a time doing what is right, so what is in my head? Do I honestly think I can do it? Is my desire to indulge in a bag of chips stronger than my desire to be more fit and healthier? How can I control the cravings that haunt my mind? If I had these answers, I'd write a diet book and get really rich!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/11/2013 11:54AM

  You are so right. It is a constant journey physically and mentally. emoticon

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ROSIEPD 2/11/2013 11:26AM

    I completely agree that it is way more about your mind. Not just the willpower, because I'd be the first to quit. It's how you want to be and live your life. You have to have a picture of YOUR best self - mentally, spiritually, physically - in the forefront of your decision making. You are important. Take care of yourself.

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DIBANANA 2/11/2013 8:31AM

  I find my mind has a mind of it's own!

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KAREN608 2/10/2013 7:18AM

    Every action starts in our minds first.
Thinking is the beginning for eating right,
choosing wrong, behaving well or anything.

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DLG0505 2/10/2013 3:13AM

    This is so very true. On one of my other teams we talk about "mindful eating" and being aware of what is going in your mouth. I'm always aware of what's going in but still continue to put junk in mouth at times. When you get the answers down and write that book - I'll buy a copy!

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HI-NRG 2/10/2013 12:08AM

    Sometimes I feel like I have different answers for the same questions. Just depends on which way the wind is blowing. Very frustrating.

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EMPTYSKY 2/9/2013 11:26PM

    I think we all suffer from this! What works the best for me are not keeping my "trigger foods" in the house and I also have a picture of a really cute outfit I'm dying to wear (too small yet) on my fridge! emoticon emoticon

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MARIANNE9855 2/9/2013 10:20PM

    I think the longer you stay away from something the easier it is to resist- that being said- there are some foods I know I just cannot have even a small portion- maybe when I get farther along I can have a portion outside the home but not have on hand.
Of course there are things that other people eat in my house that I can't even acknowledge to my brain that I have seen them- I know that sounds weird- but it means that if I start to notice or see them- I immediately do something else because if I linger on them they will take up space in my brain until I give in.

This is so hard- I am in my early motivated stage now and in the past that stage has lasted about 3 months and then I cave so I am trying to work on a plan to prevent that.

Making myself stay actively involved with spark people I think will help . the more we blog and put our thoughts and challenges out there- the more successful we will be. I think it is kind of like the concept of a sponsor in AA.

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DETERMINED_ME 2/9/2013 9:50PM

    You know, I use to hear all the time...It's about will power but you know what? It's not...will power doesn't really help. It is definitely motivation/mind power. It's NOT easy...I'm not a chip person so much but mine is ice cream...I could eat a gallon of ice cream in one sitting if I really let myself. So, how do I stop myself? I measure out a serving...Then I get my craving for ice cream fulfilled but I don't go crazy. So maybe that is what you might think about...Take your chips and measure out 1 serving then, do not let yourself eat more than that 1 serving.

Just a thought.

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KACYKD0618 2/9/2013 9:45PM

    Thanks for the goodie! I added you as a friend after reading your page we have much in common. As for the "what's in our heads." Well, I get those thoughts too. What I do is give myself permission to have what I am craving but I pick out 6 of the best looking, (no broken edge, no brown spots) most salty yummy chips, I eat them very slowly and really enjoy those six. Then I do not feel deprived and I don't end up going over board and giving in to the whole bag. I don't buy the large bags but one single serving bag and it last for a couple weeks because I only eat those six when I am really craving them. It works for me! Best of luck!

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