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Starting from scratch

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

After a few days nursing a bad back and reflecting on the fact that I regained the weight I had lost last year and then some, I have reached the mindset that I am "sick and tired of being sick and tired" and will get back into the gym and do something every day to make progress to shedding this excess fat, getting stronger, improving the core to help fight the back problems, and not giving up on myself. I told a friend I was afraid to work out with my back because I am worried about overdoing it and ending up with an injury, but the "truth" is if I continue to carry 50 extra pounds my back will hurt anyway. I want to see a muscle when I flex, and I want to run a race without the extra baggage.
So I started Tuesday by going to the gym and getting the list of Cybex machines they have, figuring out the weight I can lift to start, and so no more excuses -
I'm looking forward to seeing "what is possible" and following the weight loss progress photos.

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DRB13_1 6/17/2011 8:00AM

    Thanks everybody for the support - it is truly appreciated! emoticon

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CAROLJ35 6/15/2011 9:40PM

    As the saying on hubby's shirt says, "Just Do It".

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JREA24 6/15/2011 7:21PM

    When I read 'starting from scratch' I knew I had to read as that is exactly how I feel I am starting from square on and straight dedicated now. LETS GO!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/15/2011 7:12PM

    Well, there it is! IT'S ON! LET'S DO THIS!!!

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IAMDESSIE 6/15/2011 6:49PM

    Yes, that's the way to do it. You are back on track. emoticon

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TURTLETALK 6/15/2011 2:22PM

    You can do this! emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 6/15/2011 9:33AM

    You can do it...great attitude!!!

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    I think you are right... you'll be hurting if you DON'T exercise, so you might as well go for it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRINGI719 6/15/2011 9:07AM

    Way to go - you can do it!!!!

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LADYBUGG67 6/15/2011 8:38AM

    Good for you for getting back on track!


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HAPPYSOUL91 6/15/2011 8:08AM

    Fantastic, I will be next to you to help my back also....we can do this!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/15/2011 7:10AM

    emoticon You have placed a stake in the ground, and stated it publicly! You are psyched. You can DO this! And you are worth doing it for!

Remember, there are a bunch of us out here emoticon for you... if you slip, get right back up... because over the long haul, the only failure is giving up!

Proud of you, emoticon
- Barb

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RSSSLHB 6/15/2011 6:54AM

    emoticon emoticonone day at a time

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SANDYDOLLAR201 6/15/2011 6:22AM

    Good for you. It all starts with a single step and a positive attitude and you have both!
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MARYJOANNA 6/15/2011 5:39AM

  If you do some walking that is a start. Best wishes.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/15/2011 5:26AM

    You can do it!

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RAINBOWCHOC 6/15/2011 4:20AM

    good to read your determination. hope the staff at the gym are supportive and help you gain strength without pain.
best wishes, Sandra

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KASEYCOFF 6/15/2011 3:52AM

    You'n'me both, sister, especially when it comes to the back problems - you... um, WE can do it!!! Yes, we CAN!!!
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LIBRARYLASS 6/15/2011 1:40AM

    You go, girl! You can do it!

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Fresh flowers brighten any space (pictures)

Friday, June 03, 2011

Some pictures from Duke Integrative Medicine and Duke Gardens -
fresh flowers add to the enjoyment of any area and can be cheerful as well as beautiful!

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COMPUCATHY 6/8/2011 10:07PM

    Wow! PRETTY! I like it! So many neat ideas! It's true, flowers do add beauty to any space. One of my goals is to develop a green thumb. I'm sure there is one in me somewhere...just need to locate it! Hope you are having a great week! Spark on! emoticon

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CATIATM 6/6/2011 9:15AM

    I love flowers, and those are beautiful!

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JUSFOLK 6/5/2011 9:43PM

    Lovely flowers and surroundings...thanks for sharing!

Hope your week is off to a good start:) Looking to be BUSY for me!

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BABYTUXXY 6/5/2011 6:44PM

    very pretty flowers!

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CAROLJ35 6/5/2011 6:15PM

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!!! Thanks so much for sharing.
Wish I had the ability to arrange flowers. My mother was a natural for that, but I did not inherit her artsy abilities.

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REJ7777 6/4/2011 11:24PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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ADEWYN 6/4/2011 6:27PM

    you from Durham NC? I am moving there June 29th and Duke gardens is one of the places i want to visit.. thanks for sharing!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 6/4/2011 12:16PM

    Gorgeous pictures!! I love flowers!!

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DBELLE39 6/4/2011 10:33AM

    Awesome natural beauty! Thanks for sharing.

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/4/2011 9:31AM

    very nice

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BEFIT014 6/4/2011 7:42AM

    They're beautiful! And flowers can definitely brighten up any room!

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June goals

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

This month I am setting goals that are "easy" to hit, so I can add a string of "victories" to my list and stay motivated.
emoticon Exercise at least 21 days this month.
emoticon Weight train at least 10 days this month (twice a week).
emoticon Sleep at least 6 hours a day (aiming for earlier bedtimes)
emoticon Lose 5 pounds (of fat, no excuses)
emoticon Make more than 50% of meals at home.
emoticon Take a cooking class, try new healthy recipes.
emoticon Aim to hit my nutrition tracker goals at least 10 days & take the feedback on all other days seriously.
emoticon No dessert unless I have exercised that day.

Otherwise I will continue all the usual streaks: water, running training program, tai chi, decluttering, meditating, journaling, and Sparking!
emoticon Here's to a great month of June!

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REJ7777 6/4/2011 11:26PM

    Great goals! emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 6/2/2011 1:13PM

    Great goals ... and very pleasantly presented! I predict that June is going to be an emoticon month for us!

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TURTLETALK 6/1/2011 5:36PM

    Your goals sound great. My May was pretty poor I am hoping for a better month in June.

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SPARKLE1908 6/1/2011 1:58PM

    Great goals!!!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/1/2011 12:54PM

    June is going to be a great month for you!

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STRINGI719 6/1/2011 12:28PM

    Very emoticon - I need to set some serious goals and stop coasting!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/1/2011 12:18PM

    Woo hoo, those are great goals to shoot for this month

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    I really believe you're going to be able to DO THIS! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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28 years later...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Today would have been my 28th wedding anniversary. I was a tiny size when I got married, having lived several months in California and being super active, eating healthy vegetables and never going to fast food joints. I was running and lifting weights regularly. Fond memories...
Today I am heavier than I have ever been, but on the positive side have accomplished things this past year that I never even imagined (like half marathons). So I remind myself every day, start where you are and make the most of this moment.
Still aiming to lose the pounds, tone the muscles, and get back into single digit sized clothes this year.
Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/30/2011 12:38PM

    You have accomplished a lot and the accomplishments will keep on coming! Keep pushing and I look forward to you ROCKING the toned muscles and single digit sized clothes! You will going from being HOT to HOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!


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TALOEFFLE 5/30/2011 12:07PM

    Keep working at it, you'll be there before you know it! I am wanting to be in the single digits too, I am so close. Depending on the brand I can wear single digits. Keep visualizing it!

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/29/2011 11:53PM

    You are awesome! Congrats on all of your amazing adventures. I am sure there are more to come!

Go for it!!


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HAPPYSOUL91 5/29/2011 9:31AM

    Happy 28th anniversary. Yes, I like that you zone in on the positive things and yes we can still do it!

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CATIATM 5/29/2011 8:47AM

    I wish you were still that size, but size doesn't define us, and you are definitely on the right track. Keep it up!

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FUTUREYOGI 5/29/2011 8:10AM

    Happy Anniversary, 28 years is amazing. Good luck on your weight loss goal emoticon

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    I'm so glad you have a good attitude and you aren't all negative because you weigh more now than you did then! I can't fathom doing a half marathon yet, so you've really got ME beat! Keep sparking, and you'll be in those single digits before you can say "Jack Robinson", as my momma used to say!

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WEEZYB7881 5/28/2011 9:53PM

    what a great goal - to get into single digit clothing sizes.

good for you to keep working

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STRINGI719 5/28/2011 5:42PM

    I'd love to see a photo of you on your wedding day back then! :)

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SMILEYBEE 5/28/2011 4:39PM

    You can do it! You are making great progress! Half marathons ... awesome!

Hope you have a great weekend too!

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SparkStreaks help me stay on the right path

Monday, May 23, 2011

Watch your thoughts, for they lead to words.
Watch your words, for they lead to actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

First we make our habits, then our habits make us. Charles C. Noble

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Jim Rohn

Good habits, once established are just as hard to break as are bad habits. Robert Pulller

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

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When the scale doesn't show my progress, I still follow the plan.
Stay active, eat wisely within my calorie range, gain inspiration from my SparkFriends, keep learning, keep going. If I DO the work, the results will follow and speak for themselves. I am so grateful to understand the power of SparkStreaks. It keeps me from giving up when the scale doesn't cooperate. And I feel better, too!

Hope you are off to a great week of SUCCESS!!! emoticon

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IAMDESSIE 5/25/2011 11:24PM

    emoticon for the good emoticons of encouragements, my emoticon

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LILSHINE 5/24/2011 1:35PM

    emoticon thank you for the uplifting motivational words!!

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MTULLY 5/23/2011 10:36AM

    Thanks for the motivating quote and reminder. This helps me reaffirm my commitment and gets my day off to a positive start!

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    Thanks for reminding me of these things! It's easy to forget sometimes, these things that really do work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/23/2011 9:31AM

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JUSFOLK 5/23/2011 9:18AM

    I try to record mine daily as well. It's a great "list" to help us see what is needed to be done daily. Thanks!

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STRINGI719 5/23/2011 8:24AM

    So positive, motivational, and inspirational!

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