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An apology to all my Sparkfriends!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The title says it all really - I need to apologise to all of you! I have neglected you terribly. I haven't kept up with my friend feed, I haven't visited your pages and I haven't sent you any goodies, BUT I have thought of you often and wondered how your journeys are going. Please forgive me and be patient with me while I catch up, as I intend to do!

Somehow I lost momentum in logging on and being the good sparker that I was, I broke my exercise streak and I made some poor choices about food and exercise but I didn't derail completely - I made lots of good choices too - it seems that my hard work to change my habits over the last 12 months is beginning to pay off!

As I settle back into sparking I can feel that I've definitely moved into a new phase on my journey. I am still fully committed to my goals, ready to put in the work but somehow I'm more relaxed about it all - maybe it's just the confidence that comes with experience - I know what I need to do to get results, I know that I can do it, I know I will reach my goal and now I know that I no longer need to weigh every spinach leaf, that I can estimate fairly accurately and I can (& do) make good choices most of the time!!

Wherever you are on your journey, keep moving forward, edging nearer to the you that you want to be and be prepared for the surprise of reaching your goals and living the life that you deserve!
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MZKYND 11/13/2012 1:01PM

    I know what you mean, and I realized as I was neglecting my sparks friend I was also neglecting myself, so here I am back with a vengeance :P
Glad to see your back too!!

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BRANDI1809 9/28/2012 8:35AM

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JMORRIS85 9/27/2012 2:02PM

    Everyone falters once in a while. It is called being human. The point is that you know what to do when you falter to get back on track. As you said, you have proven to yourself just how much you have learned.

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NAOLEE 9/27/2012 1:45PM

    You'll catch them. emoticon Here your trophy for starting again in SPARKPEOPLE.

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A-NEW-TARA 9/27/2012 1:32PM

    So good to have you back, I think we learn a great deal about ourselves and this journey even when we take a step away from it. I'm so glad you are still motivated and excited; you are an awesome leader and motivator.

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PARASELENIC 9/27/2012 1:15PM

    Welcome back! Ease yourself into it-- be patient and don't worry so much about others (responding to blogs, goodies, etc.). Get yourself some solid footing here first, and then be supportive etc!

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J0ETTE 9/27/2012 1:14PM

    Yay! What a non scale victory! You can say you have WON! :) missed you while you we're away, but happy to hear you are finding the keys to success!

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100 Days Exercise Streak

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Woohoo! I made it! One hundred days of exercising every day!

When I joined SP I wasn't exercising at all. I had bought a treadmill and used it inconsistently - I would use it for a week or two and then not for a month or more - I'm guessing you know the pattern! And when I did climb on it was only for 10 minutes a day at the slowest speed!! It's hard to imagine that now!

After joining SP I became more consistent but it was still stop/ start. Initially all I did was walk on the treadmill because that's all I COULD do - don't know whether to be embarrassed to admit that or proud that I've turned it around...

Now I have outgrown the treadmill (gotta go - sorry! ). I walk outside, swim, use the elliptical machine, stationary bike, aerobics step, SP videos ( I LOVE these!!) and do my strength training and make sure I do something every day. My target is a minimum of 10 minutes, some days I struggle to do that , other days I do a couple of hours. Either way I always feel better for exercising!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRAVEL8GIRL 9/23/2012 9:47PM

  Thank you DizzyBugs - I am having a tough day and your blog has helped me feel a little more hopeful that I can eventually lose 70 lbs. It seems like a long way, but each time a I read a positive blog or post I think that maybe, just maybe, I will get there.


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JENNIK2 7/2/2012 1:47AM

    Great job, that's inspiring. emoticon

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STESSOUTCHICK 6/25/2012 5:50PM

    GOOD 4 U

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DUTCHIE77 6/20/2012 11:06AM

    Good star for you! Fantasic work!

I've always struggled at keeping anything going for even 30 days - you killed that more than 3 times! Very impressive.

Are you up for hitting 101?


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SUPERACHIEVER 6/20/2012 12:09AM

    Way to go Dizzy! What an achievement. I don't know if I've done this or not. That is quite exceptional of you to have accomplished that. I am sooooooo proud of you! Now you can reward yourself with something!


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FITNESSMONSTER8 6/18/2012 12:52PM

    Congratulations on your streak!!! emoticon

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    I think that is GREAT! I didn't know you were on a streak. Not sure how I missed that...No matter though, because I'm impressed. emoticon emoticon emoticon

My next question for you is, what now? Will you keep the streak going?

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HELLODANAE 6/17/2012 1:17PM

    wow!!! emoticon I am glad I came to check your blog. I have not exercised for a while and needed some inspiration so thank you. I love what are you doing.

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Keep up the good work :-) xx

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9 Months to Create a New Life...

Monday, June 04, 2012

...no, I haven't had a baby but I have DEFINITELY created a new life - mine! I can't believe how my life has changed in such a short time - thank you Sparkguy, SP staff, Sparkfriends, teammates, well, everyone here really - people I don't know or have never met have held out the hand of friendship and supported and encouraged and motivated and inspired me - it's pretty humbling!

So, what's different now?
I drink water (instead of fizzy drinks)
I get my freggies - more than 5 a day (used to struggle to get even 2!)
I eat healthily (used to eat toast and little else!)
I exercise consistently - target is just 10 minutes a day but I usually do more - latest streak is 87 days!
I move more freely - I can bend and twist and reach and climb stairs and have a spring in my step!
I walk more quickly and can keep up with a 'normal' pace (used to struggle with both speed and distance)
I swim regularly (was too embarrassed to go previously)
I go out in public with my head held high (used to avoid going out and want to be invisible)
I don't let what I think others must think of me stop me (used to not do things for fear of failure & ridicule)
I can buy clothes on the High Street (used to need plus size shops)
I wear clothes 5 sizes smaller
I accept and forgive slip ups (used to let them derail me and beat myself up)
I have a sense of achievement every day (used to focus on the things I hadn't done)
I give myself rewards (and compassion!)
I am motivated (used to seem too big a task to even start)
I have a much better quality of life
There are other things I'm sure, basically I think, act and feel differently - I am lighter, not only physically but mentally - I feel free!

The 'me' I want to be is still a work in progress but I'm doing well and am pleased with all that I've achieved so far. Happy 9 month SparkVersary to me!


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IRISHANGIE1 7/16/2012 6:25PM

    Diz, this is awesome and inspiring, no wonder you are a Team Leader and enjoy exercising so much,LOL, secretly I'm looking forward to each day's task!! I loved the blog, you go girl!!!

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    This is a GREAT blog. I missed it when you posted it.

You have created what money cannot buy--a new life. The changes you listed may seem to those who have never known any different like no big deal, but I know EXACTLY why each one of these changes is such a landmark. You are the BOMB!

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JOURNEY-2-JOY 6/5/2012 6:20AM

    emoticon emoticonYou're an inspiration!

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TINY_WANTS_OUT 6/4/2012 11:32PM

  Love this.......way to go! :)

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 6/4/2012 11:11PM

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J0ETTE 6/4/2012 9:46PM

    YAY!!! this is soooo awesome to read! you are amazing!

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MESAMA 6/4/2012 9:17PM

    emoticon Truly wonderful!

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2BEABETTERME 6/4/2012 7:52PM

    Yeah for you! I love that none of these involve the scale.

Keep up the great work!
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VELRENO 6/4/2012 7:35PM

    Congrats. WTG

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It's Here... My New Toy has arrived

Thursday, May 31, 2012

My 2 in 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & bike arrived today - woohoo!
Got my first workout getting it up the stairs and then a mental workout figuring out how to put it together lol

All successful though so have had a couple of sessions on the elliptical and a session on the bike - loving it!!

Re request for picture...
...haven't got a photo 'cos my phone has gone off for repair :( but here's a link

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BRANDI1809 6/1/2012 6:49AM

    Enjoy your new toy!

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DIZZYBUGS 6/1/2012 6:02AM

    Thanks guys :D I've added a link 'cos I don't have a pic

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    I agree with 2BEABETTERME. Would love to see a picture of this gadget. How fun!

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2BEABETTERME 5/31/2012 8:47PM

    Woo-Hoo! I would love you to post a picture of it, it sounds awesome!

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Goal, but no fireworks...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

maybe I expected too much, maybe I attached too much importance to it... I've finally reached my first goal and thought it would feel different, thought I'd be dancing, euphoric, but no. Don't get me wrong, I'm pleased, of course I am but it's only one pound that makes the difference between reaching your goal or not and that one pound really isn't any more important than the others I have lost. It's the cumulative effect of losing all of them that makes the difference to my life, it's the freedom from the many restrictions of an extra 53lbs that make me want to dance, that keeps me motivated and excited for the journey. The best thing about reaching my goal was setting a new one, not to focus on that last pound and shout GOAL! but because I have a taste of what life could be, and I want more!!

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LUZDELSOL 4/1/2012 5:49AM

    Congrats on your first goal! emoticon
sounds like even though you didn't react the way you thought you still got a lot from your hard work, by making another goal and continuing to move forward... this is inspiring to read! keep up the good work!!

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BRANDI1809 3/22/2012 7:57AM

    Well done on reaching your first goal ..... here's to the next.
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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 3/19/2012 7:12AM

    Congratulations!! Great job!!

I didn't see fireworks or anything either right away, but once I realized/continue to realize the impact of the weight loss, but really the size loss was more exciting, I have reason to get excited. Like now, It's Spring and we are working hard in the yard planting, etc. I've been down on my knees digging in the dirt, and moving all day long. before, I couldn't even bend over to plant much less get down and dirty. I also didn't have the stamina to go for very long. Now I really love getting out there and tending to the flower beds. It's really very exciting, and even more so that my body continues to change, and I'm moving down yet another size. That's exciting! I thought reaching my goal meant maintaining this size too. What a surprise!

You'll get more excited when you are doing something you couldn't do before and it dawns on you how far you've come, and how much more free you are. It is exciting then.

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BLUE42DOWN 3/18/2012 11:35PM

    emoticon on reaching your goal!

Sometimes there aren't fireworks, but there is a deep-down satisfaction in knowing that you did it. Not just that last one pound to get there, but every week, every pound, every bit of sweat and effort - you made it all the way to this goal.


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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 3/18/2012 10:49PM

    Perhaps yor reaction is the result of adopting the lifestyle versus reaching a goal weight. Yes, you reached your goal, but your journey of health isn't over.

Congratulations on meeting your first goal. It is a wonderful accomplishment and the foundation of your journey. emoticon emoticon

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J0ETTE 3/18/2012 10:33PM

    Yeah! Congratulations!!!!

I know what you mean.. I reached my "first" goal, and celebrated by moving the goal line. :)

Nan That's awesome!

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Let's make it a big celebration. Lol

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 3/18/2012 9:25PM

    emoticon job!

Here's your fireworks.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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