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Yes! I AM a Dancer

Thursday, July 19, 2012

An aha moment. I was dying in pain last week. Pinched nerve in the neck and lower back. Felt like I was having back labor for sure and my hips were in a vice. I was walking slow. Not really moving if I could help it. I felt like an old, fat couch potato. Actually, I felt, looked and acted like an old, fat couch potato.

Then I started thinking. This isn't who I am. I had been a gymnast and a dancer. I had played basketball (not a starter, but at least a player) and ran track. I was a cheerleader. I WAS a young, thin, active woman.

I started visualizing what I did when I was all those things. Did I get up in the morning, reach for an energy drink and plop on the couch with my laptop? NO! I got up and stretched for a good 15 minutes until I could feel energy igniting through my body. I drank water. I fidgeted, rarely sitting still or just standing. I kept moving. I planned my day around athletic activities, rather than trying to sqeeze them in.

I decided I needed to change my mindset. If I want to feel and look like that young, thin active woman, I needed to visualize myself as one and act the part. I needed to BE that person again. So I have opted for some of my old habits and am drinking water and stretching in the morning again. And guess what? I CAN touch my toes. And my neck and back feel so much better after stretching. And I CAN put exercise in on my calendar.

I have earned other titles in my life; a mother and a manager. But I am also an athlete and a dancer. I just have to act the part.

  
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DAZZEEDOO 7/19/2012 3:49PM

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JENNY888 7/19/2012 12:50PM

    Great change in attitude. It shows we are what we think we are.

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Wow, another month gone by

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I can't believe it has been a month since my last blog. A diet is usually over in less than a month. Often, much less than that. Habits are formed or broken in a month. Many good habits we are trying to form don't last for more than a week. And, with me at least, when I am trying to break a habit, a month is quit a milestone.
And what is a pleasant surprise, I am still active on SparkPeople. A great habit has formed :-)
I haven't had diet soda for this month. I have walked almost every day. I have tracked my food every day. Thank you SparkPeople!

  
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BANDMOM2012 8/26/2011 11:35AM

    Sounds like you are enjoying this process. Way to go!

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VETTRANGER 8/22/2011 12:10AM

    I tell you what, tracking food like this is a real eye opener and a real help, isn't it? We had some friends over tonight, and John was going to get drinks for everyone. He asked if I wanted a soft drink. I told him somewhat proudly that I haven't had a soft drink since my birthday on July 6th. Your note about the soda reminded me of that. My sodas were a calorie problem though, I don't drink diet!

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Warmed up and Ready to GO!

Monday, July 18, 2011

I have gotten adjusted to the site (love it), have been walking every day 3-4 miles, and have been logging my food. I feel like I have warmed up to this SparkPeople-thing and am ready to take it to the next level!
I am going to kick this up a notch. Start walking an extra mile a day and add some sit ups and a few minutes practice of Tae Kwan Do each day. Also going to be more consistant with my strength exercises.
AND going to move my main meal to lunch and have a lighter dinner (hopefully earlier than my usual time).

Can't wait to see where this takes me!

  
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BANDMOM2012 8/5/2011 12:24PM

    Sounds like you are working the Spark. Nice job

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40ISHHUBBY 7/18/2011 2:51AM

    You go girl. I love sparkpeople. I've been here for about 5 months. My wife wants to get involved with it now.

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Best Time to Log Your Food

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Before or After? That is the question. I think before. I was splurging ( I have been very good all week) and we brought home Round Table Pizza. I put some on a plate and decided to check just home many calories I was eating. Geez! I was so surprised. And I was eating the vegetarian! Just think if it was the Meat Marvel one!
Needless to say, I didn't have seconds. And to think I used to eat 2-3 times that much. No wonder why I have weight to loose.
So, since I didn't have seconds, I wasn't really that full after dinner. I waited an hour and then walked 3 miles --- almost walking that pizza off!

  
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JUDITHANNIE 7/17/2011 8:37AM

    Good for you and good luck on your journey.

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JENNY888 7/17/2011 2:30AM

    I found I was most successful with food logging if I put breakfast and lunch in as I ate them and then put the planned dinner and snacks running the nutritional report right after. I could check how I was doing with the individual nutrition and adjust what I ate to complete the day successfully.

Logging after is better than not logging at all because it is a learning process. The more you log the better you get at planning. You also can copy meals to other days so logging is much easier.

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VIMVIGOR 7/17/2011 2:10AM

  I agree totally. It is better to find out before rather than when it is too late. Bravo for your 3 mile walk. WooHoo. Go Girl Go!!!

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Moving forward with Sparkpeople !!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Worked thru that back pain from three weeks ago. I have been walking 3-4 miles a day (hills too). AND I Have only had 2 diet sodas in the past few weeks. Big drop from 4-6 a day! It was hard to give it up at first, but I think it is worth it! And saving money too!

  
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JENNY888 7/14/2011 1:24PM

    You sound like you are off to a good start. I wish you the best.

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