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Why Haven't I Been Watching Closer?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I refuse to let some charts get me down. I thought I was tracking faithfully everyday. Yes, I did go a little high on the sodium a couple times. Otherwise I was/am doing great.
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Not according to my charts. It seems not all of what I thought was recorded actually made it to my trackers. I've had posts disappear. I thought I was just forgetting to hit enter. Now I think it was the puter I was using. The one that won't let me post on my teams or get points for reading articles.

I'm glad I pulled up my charts for January to plan what improvements/changes to make in February. They looked like a zig zag of ups and downs, only being in range half the time. emoticon I need to check my chart daily from now on. I refuse to beleive they reflect how my month went.

I remain positive. My attitude, or as we say in Colorado, my altitude, is decidedly better. My energy has increased. I'm looking forward to adding up more NSVs (non scale victories) every day.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a sparktastic day wherever you are!

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HAKAPES 2/4/2013 3:13PM

    Keep the positive attitude! :-)

Otherwise, I like data, so I can really check what's going on, my senses need to be really well trained to trust for small changes. Usually small changes are difficult to pick up by humans, that's what I read at several places.
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DANCINCAJUN1 2/1/2013 9:12PM

    every once in a while I don't put that darn check mark on the item .... then I look up something else and it disappears ... gotta go back and look it up again ... LOL .... I like those charts .... mine looks crazy this week .... ups and downs for sure .... Roc
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A-NEW-TARA 2/1/2013 12:58AM

    I'm not sure what it is with IE and Spark but they don't always seem to get along. I've gotten into the habit of checking every meal/snack after in input the meal and then at the end of the day I get my nutritional report and really examine it to make sure it reflects what I believe it should and if it seems off, I go to the tracker and see what may be amiss. It's just become part of my daily routine now.
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DAISY443 1/30/2013 5:30PM

    I am so bad about not hitting "add". Sounds like you're doing great!

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63KEEPONGOING 1/30/2013 1:39PM

  Great going....Great attitude.

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FATGIRLFALLING 1/30/2013 11:56AM

    I love the term NSV's!! I have a friend who was frustrated with being on a plateau so this is a great term to use with her!! Congrats on all your victories, on scale or otherwise!! emoticon

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Talking Myself Out of Excuses

Monday, January 28, 2013

Today's SparkCoach activity is to figure out what my excuses are. When I start using them, I need to have a plan to talk myself right back into the healthy ways. I've been having a great week and am super motivated today so I have to think hard about what excuses I use when I slip.

One excuse I have to work on is pain. Pain/fibromyalgia are just a fact of life in my world. Pain and fatigue used to be my excuse not to exercise. I wasn't eating much so my body was in starvation mode. I gradually started exercising 5 minutes at a time. I discovered my energy was increasing. Of course, I was also eating again, only much healthier foods than ever. Again, a gradual change. Nowadays when the pain comes I have to not use it as an excuse, but at least try. Most often I can continue my exercise and the pain actually lessens!

My excuses for working out and playing outside: it's too hot/too cold/too windy. One way to handle this excuse is to visualize our service men and women who bear this extremes is full battle gear while they defend our country. I'll do something in their honor.

My excuse when hubby brings something yumful home and I've already hit my nutrition goal: I'll hurt his feelings if I don't eat some. Solution: I can usually take a bite or two and save the rest. He rarely brings home edible treats that can blow my day these days. In fact, he'll bring home fruit and specialty cheese. The kind you only need a bite or two to savor the flavor and be satisfied. If I am at the top of the range I will not eat it and look forward to a taste the next day and make sure I plan for it. It will be a reward for staying on track!

That excuse can apply when eating at somebody's home. Though I had to learn that the theory "clean your plate. Kids are starving in China" is just a saying, I can enjoy small portions. I won't be hurting anyone's feelings. I'll also think of it as a life-style exercise.

My excuses about exercise. If I haven't done my exercise in the morning, it is difficult for me to get them in in the evening. I am usually very tired (if I get up past 4am I've overslept) and achy. I also think exercise will wake up my thoughts. Oh, my body is willing to go into rest mode, but the thoughts just won't quiet down. Soluton: exercise for at least 10 minutes early on. This usually leads to more. If I'm exercising to music I'm amazed when 30 or 40 minutes have gone by. If, for some reason I cannot do them in the morning, I will walk in place or do a series of stretches. There is NO excuse for not moving the body.

Motivation. Sometimes I just plain don't feel like sparking (my new word for my program). Like exercise, I make myself get 10 minutes in to connect with my teams. Unfortunately that time goes by fast too, and I end up having to control it. What's my excuse for sitting at the puter so long for Pete's sake?!

That about covers it for now. I know I'll think of other things. When I do I'll journal them. It is important to know what excuses and trigger points I have in order to better handle the inevitible road blocks waiting for me.

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A-NEW-TARA 1/29/2013 10:13PM

    This is one of the best exercises that Spark Coach gives, when we really examine out excuses, why we use them and make plans on dealing with them it makes this journey so much easier. Well done at identifying your excuses and coming up with plans for over riding them.
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CHERYLL1949 1/29/2013 8:43PM

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IBLEVNHIM 1/28/2013 8:18PM

    Great Blog!

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CELLISTA1 1/28/2013 12:39PM

    Hi. I just happened upon your blog -- just after sitting here thinking about how I've run out of excuses. You touched on some of my issues and I thank you for putting a positive spin on them. Good work!

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NEW-CAZ 1/28/2013 11:59AM

    Sounds like you know yourself well enough now to plan ahead and stave off these excuses.
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GINGERHAWK 1/28/2013 11:05AM

    Thanks for sharing this. A number of your excuses resonate with me as well and it's great to see your plan for dealing with them - what a great exercise. Let's do this - we CAN keep moving and be healthy!

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Week in Review

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I'm giving this week an A+. I had a day of rest and got recharged. By rest I mean light exercise. Just enough to keep the juices flowing. Every day I was within my nutrition range and exercise requirements.

The Valentine Challenge had me working on my sanctuary/oasis. The den has been transformed. My portable fireplace/heater is in there with a nice rocker next to it. It's a great place to pray & reflect. I can listen to soothing music, read or crochet.

There is also room for my gazelle and some of my other exercise things, craft items and the puter. Things are organized, and that is a great feeling!

  
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CAMSEDGE 1/27/2013 3:45PM

    What an industrious and fun week.

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You deserve a day of rest and reflection.
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A-NEW-TARA 1/27/2013 1:36PM

    Sounds like a wonderful oasis! I'm sure you'll have many great hours there.
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63KEEPONGOING 1/27/2013 12:55PM

  Sounds very nice and cozy.

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DAISY443 1/26/2013 1:56PM

    Lovely!

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A Day of Rest

Monday, January 21, 2013

Yesterday I took the day off. Oh, I ate healthy enough, but as far as exercise went it was just some walking in place and stretching. I feel great today. Everyone needs time to relax and recharge.

I was reading a friend's feed and she took the day off, too. She said, however, it wasn't worth it. That got me to thinking. It can be hard to relax, especially when we have momentum going and we don't want to break it. I realized that it takes effort to relax just as it takes effort to get going. Relaxation has to be a habit just as fitness does.

For those of you who find this hard and/or are visual folks, imagine this scenario. You forgot to plug in your laptop or cell phone. Before long there is no charge. The only thing to do is put it on the charger and let it sit and recharge. And no, you do not have another battery waiting, so don't go there.

Monday is here and I am recharged. So much so I was up at 2am and wide awake. Today I am working on my corner of the world. A little sanctuary where I can unwind at the end of the day or as needed. It's part of my Feeling Fit Friends Valentine Challenge.

Happy, blessed Monday, friends.

  
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63KEEPONGOING 1/27/2013 12:57PM

  Everyone needs their own little santucuary. When the days are warm (37 today, I think)I love to be alone with the Lord at the Park.

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A-NEW-TARA 1/21/2013 5:54PM

    Time for relaxation is just as important as time for fitnuess and nutrition planning. It is all about balance, thank you for reminding us about the this important part of a healthy life.
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LIVINGFREE19 1/21/2013 4:02PM

    Glad to hear that you are recharged, that always helps.

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DAISY443 1/21/2013 11:16AM

    Yesterday must just have been one of those days we need to recharge sometimes and come back with renewed enthusiasm!

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NEW-CAZ 1/21/2013 10:16AM

    iT'S ALL ABOUT BALANCE AND THE DAY OFF DID YOU SOME GOOD1

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/21/2013 9:02AM

    I take Sunday's off...or so I tell myself. I say "No exercise today" but then I end up doing something anyway. But I do less than what I do every other day of the week.

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CANDY58 1/21/2013 7:15AM

    I took the day off myself- I have a few hours of a nice quiet house. I agree we all need days like this.



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AZMOMXTWO 1/21/2013 6:59AM

  it is good to take a day off once in a while and to feel recharged

have a great day

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A Great Ending to the Week

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The other day hubby had off to fix our water problem and I tagged along in the truck. I had him drop me off at Sears while he picked up the things he needed.

I found a beautiful blue sweater that I fell in love with. I'm not much for clothes shopping, but it was marked down and then had another sale price deducted at the register. The problem - there were only 2 left. One an XL and one a medium. Sometime in December I discovered I had lost enough weight and toned up enough to fit into a large.

I opted for the medium thinking it would fit in it in another couple of months. I will still get many wears out of it as the Colorado nights are cool, even in summer sometimes.

Getting the sweater was the beginning. I showed it to hubby telling him my options were to return it for the bigger one, return it for refund, or just keep it and work to fit into it. I told him I wanted to keep it.

Hubby "caught" me exercising the next morning. I hate when anyone sees me. I am not well balanced or coordinated. He made a comment, "I can tell that is harder than it looks." I felt so good that he noticed. He then agreed that I should keep the sweater. That shows he has faith in me.

Later I was counting my (1 quarter per 30 mins) exercise money. I told him I was no longer saving it for shoes in the spring, but for a fitbit. I told him a little about them and went on about my business. He popped into the room I was exercising in a little while later. He had been researching the fitbits. Not only that, he had bid on one for me. One with all the frills.

Later my dd was on the phone with me and I told her about it. She warned me not to be disappointed. Many people have bids and win at the last second. The countdown commenced while we chatted. I glanced down and told her I just might win, though I was trying to stay calm. We counted down the final seconds together. What a shriek I let out when I won! (I did have the sense to move the phone before I attempted to break her eardrum)

I am so excited about this. The earliest it will come is the 25th, the latest, they said, would be the 30th. It is going to be great starting February with it.

Yes, I am going to fit into that gorgeous blue sweater!

  
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63KEEPONGOING 2/2/2013 8:12PM

  You sure showed a lot of determination in buying a sweater to small. I love that! Way to go! You are so encouraging. emoticon

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KATI5668 1/20/2013 2:08PM

    super!! yes you will do it..the sweater will be just an extra push to reach your goals!

ahh a fitbit....congrats!!!


Have a super sunday!!


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A-NEW-TARA 1/20/2013 2:32AM

    emoticon What a wonderful day and I love how supportive your family is! I hope you'll take pictures of the new sweater once you're in it which I'm sure won't be too long. You'll love your fitbit, I'm so happy you won the bid. So is the exercise money still going for new shoes then?
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CINDYCHARLENE 1/19/2013 9:55PM

    What a wonderful supportive family you have and so glad you won your fitbit. However I have not heard of that before so I will have to look on the internet to see what it is. :) Congratulations on getting the sweater and the fitbit. They're good incentives to work to obtain your goals. I just have a strong feeling you will accomplish all of them.

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CANDY58 1/19/2013 8:28PM

    My daughter just brought me her old one as she has the newer one. I am excited.

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NANFACEMIRE1 1/19/2013 7:01PM

    GOOD for you...... emoticon . that is a wonderful incentive for the sweater to fit.....WOW about the fitbit........you family is really supporting you in this and that is the best part. Have a great rest of the weekend.

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DAISY443 1/19/2013 5:38PM

    Congrats all the way around!

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ASEPHN 1/19/2013 4:42PM

    what is a fitbit and can it be used from a wheelchair?

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LOVETOLAUGH56 1/19/2013 2:59PM

    congratulations! I think you are going to like your fitbit. Mine has proved valuable. I will look at it and I will be inspired to get a little more activity in even if it's only marching or jogging in place for a few minutes

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NEW-CAZ 1/19/2013 2:54PM

    aww that's lovely that you have such a loving and supportive hubby and daughter.
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SUNSHINE99999 1/19/2013 2:48PM

  Good for you and hubby as well. It is nice to have support.

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