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DAY 21 ~ Thursday

Friday, February 26, 2010

My Princess TURNED SGT MIA, watching me &, keeping an eagle eye on
what I am doing/eating/excercise/cleaning/declutter.

emoticonI am sad, irritated, but determined because my efforts this week did not result in a loss. I need some fine tuning.

emoticonTime to set some new goals..my calories were in the 1500, 1400, 1300, which proves to be too high for me.
Next week I will keep them in the 1000 to 1200 calories....
A STREAK....!!!

Oh, and did I say water? Lots of water and than some more water. I am trying a new trick and putting lemon juice in my water.

emoticonMore walking...CONSISTENCY!!!

emoticon Some treadmill & emoticonnew workout DVD.

emoticon Maybe I will change it up and do some swimming.

I see the advantage of this blogging for 28 days...I can see the errors or my ways and am forced to look me in the eye and shape up. Like Spark Guy says, be my own coach, my own cheerleader, be accountable to me. I will not let this small gain get me down!!! I am FOCUSED!!!

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Thanks for reading my Day 21 Blog!! Only seven blogs left to make 28 days.

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GRANDMANANCY 2/26/2010 2:20PM

    You are doing great Elaine!!!! and I am so glad to see that Mia is doing her sgt. job and taking your ehalth seriously!!!!

Love ya!

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FIDDLER4JESUS 2/26/2010 12:09PM

    Elaine,WE ALL ARE YOUR cheerleaders!
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    oops! Delete this double!

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    emoticon emoticonYou WILL do it, too! I was stuck on 185 for THREE WEEKS until this morning! 182 was a sight to behold since it's the lowest since the pregnancy of my 19 year old!!! I read something about calories being TOO low, so be careful you don't make your body think you're starving! I'm sure glad you're my emoticon emoticonLori

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DAY 20 ~ Wednesday

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Those cravings hit yesterday & today so I went to the Spark Guy.

As Mr.Chris Downie wrote in The Spark a chapter on Goals Dreams & Deadlines under Cornerstone:FOCUS (pg 18 and on) to start small and be consitent. Daily & weekly goals kept him on track and allowed him to launch immediately on to the path to his new healthy future. Completing them is supposed to give continuous satisfaction and motivaiton to fuel the journey. Keeping in mind to fit everything into my normal daily lifestyle.

Start with long term goals and two action steps:
1. A countdown of 730 days, which would motivate me

2. A "streak", a sustained positive activity that would get me started - in my case, 10 minutes of fitness every day, usually in the morning.


The important thing is to start where you are right now, and keep moving in the direction you want to go. When you take responsibility for becoming your own best friend, supporter, and coach, a whole new world of possibilities will open up for you.
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I did the car thing where I returned to the garage with the same type problem that they fixed previously ... needs another part.
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Healthy oatmeal/raisins/br sugar & 2% milk = breakfast
salad of romaine, peppers, carrots, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, low fat dressing = lunch
barbeque chicken wings,celery = dinner
100 calorie popcorn = snack

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon1523 cal

emoticon8 glasses

emoticon emoticon emoticon 30 min walking inside due to the weather.

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PARAEAST 2/24/2010 6:38PM

I find the goals are good too. I am hoping to do a 5K 3/6 my first with some co workers. We will probably walk, though I hope to run some. One of my long time goals is to run a 5K. I'm not sure how long that will take but it's too cold to run and snowy here. Snow is espcially on the sidewalks where I would run.
Sounds like Spark and Chris helped you today.
He sure gives some good advice. Thank you for your blog.

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DAY 19 ~ Tuesday

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes of his life.
For each scene,he noticed 2 sets of footprints
in the sand;one belonged to him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his
life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times of his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the
LORD about it."LORD,YOU said that once I decided to
follow YOU,You'd walk with me all the way.But I have
noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life,there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when I needed YOU most YOU
would leave me."

The LORD replied,"My precious,precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.During your times of trial and suffering,when you see only one set of footprints,it was then that I carried you!"

This reminds me of the verse about the Lord Jesus looking for that one lamb and picking it up when it was lost. Oh,how He really cares for us!This is found in Luke 15:4-7
"He will never leave us nor forsake us!"Hebrews 13:5, one of my favorite verse.


Thought ~ "When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." ~ Helen Keller

That said, I did the best I could for Tuesday, February 23, 2010!!

I am studying about the Holy Spirit. He is the third person of the Trinity...and a gift to you and me sent by God the Father when Jesus ascended. Jesus said he promised to send another Counselor, Comforter, Teacher, Reminder to the desciples (those who have believed and are in obedience to God). John 14:15-31

My efforts to declutter paid off today (with much prayer) as I completed my tax preperation and filed. Praise God!!

My walking came in at my indoor walking place due to overcast with a promise of rain....30 minutes worth.

Eating a well rounded gourmet of healthy foods produced energy for the day with 8 veggies & fruits, protein in the form of turkey bacon, egg, egg whites,soy & chicken. Carbs limited to the healthy kind. 1505 Calories (over my new 1000-1399 goal).
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Water drank ~ eight glasses.

Slept like a baby for 7 hours.

All in all it was a fantastic day!!! Taxes done...veggies & fruit eaten...water in...healthy excercise.

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LINDA25427 2/24/2010 5:26PM

    Love the pictures Elaine .Foot print's in the sand is one of my favorites, thanks for sharing .You are doing a fantastic job . God bless. emoticon emoticon

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    Very nice blog!!!! I really loved this quote!
"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." ~ Helen Keller

Thank you for sharing it! emoticonLori

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DAY 18 ~ Monday

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The view from my daughters house...the Willamette River...moss grows heartily on the rocks in this area.

Such a beautiful day in the NW...sunshine, turning into clouds.

I was able to help out my 89 year old neighbor with a run to the post office..she sold one of her Barbie dolls. She is going into the hospital tomorrow for removal of lumps under her arm.

emoticonMy breakfast was spectacular!! Fit for a king!! Steel Oats cooked with raisins & 1apricot half, plain yogurt, scrambled egg & egg whites with onion & mushrooms topped with white cheddar cheese. emoticon

emoticonItalian Wedding soup with rye krisp crackers for lunch...like a princess.

emoticonLeft over very veggie pizza, brussel sprouts & 1/2 apple...dinner like a pauper.

emoticonCalories was good today with 1347 in keeping with my goal.

emoticonWalking ,Walking and so it was a good day.

emoticonThanks for reading my blog & I appreciate all comments.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/25/2010 12:12AM

    Beautiful pictures!!!! I am so jealous as everywhere I look is either white or dirty looking...covered in snow in the yards but cinders, etc. along the roads. Fresh snow will make everything beautiful here again. But I am sure looking forward to spring so that I can see some green.
Continuing prayers for you neighbor.
Blessings and hugs,

BTW: Great eating and exercise too!!!

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NELLIEC 2/24/2010 3:11PM

    The pictures are beautiful!!!

Your eating plan sounds great!!!

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POETSOUL 2/24/2010 2:54PM

    Where in the NW do you live? We are having cold days & colder nights, so I'm envious of you having flowers! I am ready for Spring to be sprung! emoticon emoticonVicki

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PARAEAST 2/24/2010 12:07PM

    Sounds like you are doing a great job. Your warmer weather and flowers got me jealous. It's so cold here I wore 2 winter coats again with walking my dog this morning. The temp is 7* and wind chill is zero! Your pictures were breath taking. Oh for spring to come!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sunday a beautiful day in this God's country. I wanted you to see what is going on here...so have posted the explosion of rhododendrons and a lonely tulip.

I am cutting back on calories this week. I want to lose a pound so will try to bump up my exercise. Today I just did some shopping for my exercise. I am decluttering while getting taxes ready. Study time for Bible Study Fellowship. I am doing 6 fruits & vegetables all week. Today my calories was 1352. So, it was a restful day and I met my goals. I am going to give myself room to succeed or not but I will accept that because I know I am giving it my best!!

Primroses, the first flower of spring.

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POETSOUL 2/24/2010 2:58PM

    emoticon for sharing all those emoticon emoticon emoticonpictures with us! I AM SO READY FOR SPRING 3 B sprung! emoticon
Blessings 2 U! Vicki emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Beautiful! Everything is still two feet under snow here. Spring is 4 Weeks Away! But looks like has already Sprung in your part of the country.

I started jotting down the night before, 3 veggies for tomorrow's lunch, and 3 veggies for tomorrow's dinner. It is helping. Then I meal plan around the 3 veggies.

Fruit I never have a problem with. Tho I did just switch to low carb fruits. Temporarily saying goodbye to bananas til I'm at goal.

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LINDA25427 2/23/2010 11:20AM

    Elaine the pictures are beautiful and so are you .You are doing an amazing job . Keep up the good work . I'm on day 23 of my doctors regimen .
Hope you have a great week.
God bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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