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Healthy Mindset

Thursday, April 17, 2014

On Tuesday, I had my eyes dilated. For those of you who have never had this done,
1. It doesn't hurt!
2. It opens your pupils and lets in LOTS of light.
3. It makes things a little blurry.
4. On me, it lasts for 5-6 hours!!!!!

I wanted to walk that day, but couldn't figure out how to do it with my eyes closed. emoticon Sooooo, to make a long story short, I didn't get in my exercise on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, I had a Dr. appt., and did a few things around the house, but only got in a couple of short 16 minute walks.

Today! Those past two days of not meeting my goals could have tanked my mindset, but nope, I'm up, got my swim stuff in the car, and am ready to hit the pool this morning. Going to eat a healthy breakfast first, and then I'm off.

I have made so much progress in my fitness. For months I rarely got in more than 2000 steps a day, but since mid March, I've been consciously moving at least 6-10000+ steps per day. Days that I don't make my daily goals don't make me feel like I failed, they just tell me I needed a little rest and it's time to get back to work! emoticon

I'm sleeping well most of the time, I'm eating healthy foods (most of the time), and I'm exercising (most of the time), so what's not to feel good about!

I do believe I've got a healthy mindset!!!! Cheers to all the positive Sparkers out there who keep on pushing and working on living the healthy lifestyle! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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yes you DO have a "healthy mindset"! and as Jaynee said, those are great NSVs


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JUSTYNA7 4/21/2014 9:07AM

    You are doing great! I love seeing the updates on your status. Great great great!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/21/2014 6:02AM

    Wonderful to read this! emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 4/18/2014 8:12AM

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DONNABRIGHT 4/18/2014 7:44AM

    We are definitely on our way to being healthier, stronger and more in control. I can't thank you enough for keeping me going even when I didn't want too. I did make my 18,000 steps on Wednesday but had lots of muscle aches in my legs on Thursday so I took it easy and only made 12,000 but I am happy with that!

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KIMBERTA99 4/17/2014 10:39PM

    You are in the right mindset.....I love reading blogs like yours!! Keep it going strong emoticon

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DIANNEMT 4/17/2014 10:33AM

    Sounds like you are doing SUPER!!!

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/17/2014 10:25AM

    Way to go! What wonderful NSVs! emoticon

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

I don't know how many of you know about Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, but he was a wonderful Hawaiian singer. I was listening to his "Alone in IZ World" album this afternoon, and I realized I was singing along with him.

The only reason it surprised me was that I haven't been singing lately. It's been months since I've sung around the house. Don't know why, but I've even thought about it a few times, and wasn't able to get myself inspired.

Today, I was listening to his album while I was trying to get in a walking workout, and just started harmonizing to the "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" song. It made me feel soooo good! I need to play music more often and SING!!!!

Makes me HAPPY!!!!

Thank you, IZ!

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WILSONWR 4/12/2014 10:55PM

    I love Iz's music! My wife did also (we even played his "Over the Rainbow" at my her funeral a couple of months ago). I need to get get his "Facing Future" CD out again and listen to it - I could use a little music in my life right now. Thanks for the blog - I forgot how music can cheer you up!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/12/2014 9:45PM

    We should all sing more! Glad you had a good day.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/12/2014 6:17PM

    GOOD for you!! Singing makes everyone happy. emoticon

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End of Week 1 - Spring Challenge

Friday, April 11, 2014

You don't have to read this, since it's just a log of how I did this week, and it's rather dry and boring.

I received my Spark Activity Tracker almost a month ago, and I've found it is quite the motivator! Before my SAT came I was walking about 1-3000 steps a day! Not so good at all!
When I got it, I set my goal to 6000 steps/day. Most days I was able to meet my goal. Then after two weeks, I upped it to 7000/day. I overdid it a few days 10000+, and barely moved on the day after.

Anyway, I've been able to keep my steps between 7800 and 10000+ for the past 6 days, and I feel great! I'm going to increase my goal to 8000 next week, which will make me put in more effort.

This week I've also been tracking my nutrition, but I'm not happy with it. I'm really not focused and am tending to eat off my menu! I need to work on this! I'm so focused on getting in my walking that I'm not focused on my eating. I'm feeling rather scattered.

I'm losing a little, but it could be better if I was more focused on the nutrition portion of my goal. So that is what I'm going to work on this week. Cooking and planning this weekend is the plan!

Sorry for the blah blog emoticon but I'm needing to put down in writing my stumbling blocks and successes. They give me the impetus to organize for week 2!

If any of you do get this far (and haven't just skipped to the bottom) I want to thank you for your dedication and strength necessary to get through it! You SparkPeople are the best!!!! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 4/12/2014 1:01PM

    I'm glad the SAT is working for you. I still get frustrated with it sometimes but I still use it. Great job on increasing the steps slowly - that is exactly how I did it but in the beginning I used minutes instead of steps. My first walks were about 10 minutes long!

I need to focus better on tracking, too. I think some things are being missed
on the tracker especially if I taste as I cook - bad habit!

We'll do better this week.

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TERI-RIFIC 4/12/2014 7:30AM

    I like my SPAT too. Not boring to read about Spat stuff. It is hard not to obsess and ignore other things. It's about 80% what you eat and 20% exercise so i've heard.

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    You're doing great!

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GORDON66 4/11/2014 10:47PM

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First off, your blog isn't dry or boring. Good for you!! You're meeting your fitness goals, and that's terrific!!!! Keep it up!!!

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Great Spark Radio session!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Just listened to Spark Radio (to get a few more points) and heard Bettina Bush talking to Susie Moore about her article "9 Little Known Habits of Confident People"posted in The Huffington Post on 3/5/2014. It was so good, that I took notes, and then found the article on the web.


Sure, we know a lot of these things, but putting them where you can see them every day will help keep us focused! The following is both quoted and paraphrased from her article.

1. Don't overcomplicate - In other words, Keep it Simple!

2. Focus on what you want - Expect good things to happen!

3. Act as if it's already yours - Self-assurance allows your language and actions to be in line with your outcomes.

4. Use words with intention - Stop the "I'm trying..", and go to "I am…, or I will…."!

5. Listen but don't pay heed to others' intentions - Don't let others take you off track! "It's your life!"

6. Dedicate time to what matters - Make sure you are using your time and energy on your priorities!

7. Act humble - "Confident people let their success speak for itself and don't need to vocalize it."

8. Know failure is sometimes inevitable and don't fear it - My take on this is - Perfection isn't possible, but don't let it get you down!

9 Repeat all of the above! - "The more we practice confidence as an attitude, the easier it becomes."

Thank you Spark People for a really inspiring radio program!

Have a lovely day everyone!


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JUSTYNA7 4/6/2014 11:42PM

    Very to the point and wise. Thank you! It's so great when you come across something that you need to hear and would not have listened to it otherwise. emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 4/5/2014 8:07AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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AALLEY2 4/4/2014 4:10PM

    emoticon Thanks for posting! We should all put it where we can see it. emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 4/4/2014 3:51PM

    Awesome blog, Diane. You did a great job summarizing the radio content and focusing on the important points. Thanks for making it easy for me!

I am ready for tomorrow and can't wait to get started again.

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KATIBUG49 4/4/2014 12:16PM

    Thank you for putting it in writing!

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Why I've Blown it in the Past! (and won't this time) So There!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Why do I blow it continuously? Lose a little, Gain a little, Lose a lot, Gain a lot! Aargh! Well, guess what………..I do keep trying, and I'm going to make this challenge a success! And guess what again!!!……I'm going to use that success to continue being successful and continue losing…….not stopping and gaining it all back!!!!

In the "not so distant" past:

1. I don't post regularly on my teams.

I do check into SP every day. That is the new Successful Habit that I began in January and have been consistent for 97 days this year! So I'm going to build on that habit and post on my team daily and have a 56 day streak for my team! (That's 8 weeks for the challenge)

2. I haven't exercised daily on my challenges.

Since I got my Spark Activity Tracker I've been able to get in at least 10 minutes most days for the last two weeks. My Spat (as it is sometimes referred to) is my main motivator. When I check in each day, my Spat syncs and I see what I've accomplished so far, and am able to meet my goals each day. I've also upped my step goals by 1000 steps more starting today. I certainly won't be the biggest exerciser on my team, but I'll be a regular contributor, and that will be a Success!

3. I haven't tracked or stayed true to my Nutrition goals on a consistent basis.

Well, that has got to start changing! I used to be a faithful Nutrition tracker, but then got off the wagon and began the short road back to where I started. (Did I mention that the Lose a lot portion takes a LONG time, and the Gain a lot portion takes No Time at all?)
So tracking nutrition (and I mean everything that passes the mouth) is going to be an important goal this time.

Sooooo, it looks like……..

Posting Regularly to my Teams,
Getting in my Daily Workouts, and
Tracking my Daily Nutrition,

are the strategies I'm utilizing this challenge. Not new to most of you, or me either, but being consistent about them will be beautiful new Successful Habits that will help me achieve my 5% Goal!

Good luck to you all on your Strategies for a Successful Challenge! Thank you for your daily encouragement and support! I do so enjoy my Spark Friends! emoticon


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OCEANWIDE 4/6/2014 5:28PM

    I wish you the best of luck with your new goals ! emoticon emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 4/2/2014 9:00AM

    Good evaluation and plan!! Let's do this. emoticon

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FITMARY 4/2/2014 8:11AM

    Sounds like a winning plan to me!!!

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LYNNIERN 4/1/2014 11:27PM

    This is a great blog. I love your honesty and how willing you are to figure out how to improve. emoticon

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IONA72 4/1/2014 5:57PM

    We all know what to do, but if you don't get your head in the right place, it is hard to make it happen. You have got off to a good start just by writing it down. Good luck on the journey. emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 4/1/2014 1:39PM

    Consistency is an amazing, powerful tool that eluded many of us when we started here. I think it is better to be consistent in a tiny way than do things in a large way but hit and miss. Congratulations emoticon A great blog!

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DIANNEMT 4/1/2014 10:42AM

    Diane--you are going to ROCK this challenge! I have been anxiously awaiting it--I gained last challenge and REALLY want to get back where I want to be. Funny how fast it can come back on--NOT.

Anyway--so glad you are a Daisy again and we will DO IT!


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