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Living Life

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We all can find something that is wrong with us or the world and others but can we all find a way to actually live life. I gave up on negativity so long ago, I'm not sure I know what it means anymore. I constantly find the silver lining and the good in everyone and everything. Many times this gets on others nerves but it makes me feel like a winner at everything and that is why I know I'm winning at being healthy.

Winning for me is my own standards and not societies. So let's live life together and never stop winning. I want to share my rainbows with all of you. emoticon MY pot of gold is MY winning attitude. I hope others will join me in being a winner.


Vacation does the mind good...but the body...well

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

My husband and I took our first cruise about two-years ago and immediately decided to take another with our children. We did and what a blast. We relaxed and enjoyed island life in the residence style. That includes eating directly from the ocean, no really. From a dock market we tasted conch without the amenities of the American way. It was great. Of course, our kids thought really fish, clean, use salt water to clean and then cook -- no thank you. We tries leaves from healing trees and let's just say we have never felt better.

However, being on the cruise ship with an limited supply of food and ice cream (yogurt, too) machines available 24/7 was a dangerous zone. I did eat the soft serve yogurt to be healthier but I'm sure I ate too much of a good thing...LOL!

Needless to say I am now getting back to my clean"er" food eating, if that is even possible. The fruits and vegetables we ate on the island were just possibly the cleanest eating available since Biblical time. We even tried snails and alligators without the "extra" high price. this was a much needed vacation and I learned to eat some foods I never thought I would try.

I can say I did not stop exercising though. We learned to salsa, walked the track, islands, and beaches; and even lined danced everyday. Who said a cruise had to be about food and weight gain. You can maintain if you go about it smart. Stick to water, eat fruit for breakfast, indulge for lunch, and always start dinner with a salad. Exercise, exercise, exercise all day -- walking, water slides, hot tubs...oops that goes elsewhere, and dancing.

Back on track now and back to my reality.

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UKNOWITNOW 7/9/2014 10:32PM

  Sounds like you had a wonderful time. And got plenty of exercise. emoticon

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Steps for success

Sunday, June 01, 2014

I have always heard that you should take 10,000 steps per day to aide in weight lost. What you don't hear is that it can be discouraging when you start there and don't reach that goal. I have decreased my steps to 5,000 per day for the month on June. Once I have reached that goal on a regular basis then I will increase by 1,000 steps per day until reaching over 10,000.

Not reaching a goal that may be set to high can become an enemy of your progress. I know that everyone that comes with you, can not go with you so changes have to be made. Working as a Paralegal means I may not walk as much as a Postman so I have to adjust to my life-style or I'm trying to reach someone else's goals.

This is why the Mini-challenge team is going to be important for me. It will give me the opportunity to take baby steps (especially at 4'11") instead of trying to take giant steps. I love the challenge but more importantly I love meeting that challenge and knowing for myself that I am winning. I keep going one day at a time.

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A_RARE_BEAN 6/1/2014 9:45PM

    Very good plan, goals should always be manageable. Good Luck!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Most addictions are detrimental to life and not just your own but also those who love you. Well, food (especially sugar) can be just as bad as drugs or alcohol. I should know because every day I feel like I am fighting for my life to decrease or stay away from sugar. My worst enemy, as far as weight lost, is chocolate. I was the happiest person in the world when health news came out indicating that chocolate was good for you.

I can take a sip of wine and be finished (even with its health benefits), but chocolate...well that's another story. I know that I need a 12-step program so I am at step one now, admitting I have a problem.

If anyone can assist with how to decrease this "need" please let me know. In switching to a clean food diet I had no problems with other foods, such as: eggs, bananas, pineapples, dairy, wheat or non-raised free range meats. But chocolate? That is just cruel and unusual punishment. That should be outlawed to ask anyone to step away from or at the absolute least give me the electric chair.

If anyone can help please let me know. Oh, yeah and I don't like fake sugar so sugar-free is out of the question also, I'm sure.


T25 is changing my attitude

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

I hated the mention and word "exercise", however, T25 has started to change that for me. I think it has a lot do with the amount of time and seeing results. Although since I began I have only lost one pound, I feel amazing. I can feel a difference in my clothing which tells me that I am losing inches and that is great for me.

I know that most people are looking to lose weight (as am I) but my primary focus is health and longevity. I march to my own beat and wear my own style and that has even been in the exercise arena. So this makes T25 even more empowering for me.

I thank God daily for being able to say that in this day in age I have a 25 year old marriage, wonderful children, and an extended family that is more than awesome. It is these things that make the working out all worth it because I know I will be around to continue to take care of and love my family.

To anyone who is struggling, just take it slow and do it for yourself. If you are meeting negativity set your goals, keep them to yourself, and make a commitment with God and NOTHING will make you stray. Remember loving yourself is the first step to success.

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WHYTEBROWN 11/10/2013 8:38PM

    Those core workouts are hard!! You'll get better at them with time though as your core gets stronger. The stretches will also help with your flexibility. Maybe you can find some additional, short stretch videos even here on SparkPeople that you can do every day to help even more. The only thing I can think to tell you is that with time it gets better. emoticon emoticon

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DIVINEDIVA40 11/7/2013 8:45PM

    Today was T25 Beta core and I did not nail it. This one is going to take some work on my part. Of course, I did not feel that great today but that is no excuse so I will be working even harder on the next few days.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get through the core workouts when there is weight to be lost? Sometimes I think that being under 5'0'' and 30 lbs over weight may contribute to my lack of flexibility but now I think it is something else; I'm just not flexible. the stretching routines are starting to help, so I will keep at it.

Thanks for the support.

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SONGWRITER8 11/6/2013 7:25AM

    Well said ! I'm still on Insanity but thinking of trying T25 as well so I'm enjoying hearing what everyone has to say about it !

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WHYTEBROWN 11/5/2013 11:31PM

    I'm doing T25 too. It's an emoticon program. emoticon on that 1 lb loss and even more so on those non-scale victories!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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