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Time to Reboot! 2011 has begun

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Hi friends!!!

Wow it's 2011, I can't believe it. Time flies when you are having fun!

I've been feeling a bit under the weather on and off for a little while now. Unfortunately in October, November and December I have put in a less than stellar effort on my workouts. I am not going to bore you with my excuses there are many and they are just that - excuses. I was so excited in September to finally be out of the 180's. With limited workouts and cravings around the holidays I've crept back up and have been fluctuating between 182-185.

However, it's a new year! The attitude is infectious!! I gotta jump in and not look back.

I love goals and decided it's time to knock myself out of this rut. A sore throat is no reason to sit on the couch and stare at the tv!!!


Workout: Cardio 5x a week (elliptical, treadmill, jm shred, jm bfbm, bob harper inside out method)
Strength 2-3x a week
Yoga 4-5x a week

Weight: Get out of the 180's AGAIN!

Work: Be more patient

TRACK MY NUTRITION DAILY, DAILY, DAILY (I extremely dislike this, however I know it keeps me successful)

Same as January but increase my intensity! I should be in a consistent routine by the time February rolls around and no excuses for ho hum workouts!

Weight: Consistent weekly loss of 1-2lbs.

Work: Teach someone something everyday. Share my knowledge and show why I am the lead technologist there.

Nutrition: Eat more Veggies and Protein. If I am working the way I should be, I will need the protein. WATER, WATER, WATER!!!!

That is what I have so far. I still have some tweaking to do. It's all a learning experience. I want to start working in training for a 5k too. I don't like jumping too far ahead on these short term goals because I do end up making some changes so that I stay consistent.

Consistency is the long term goal, it is what makes the difference so I see a difference!!!

I have been doing a lot of soul searching lately. I want to live a better life, be a better person and I know feeling good and learning to love myself is the first start. Being more involved on spark is helping me work towards that goal. Whether it's being inspired by ANEWAMANDA and her amazing workouts, food and water consumption, FIT-WHIT and her conflicting feelings(I have the same ones) or her excitement about the new year and finally being healthy, or YOOVIE and all of her hilarious blogs and no holds barred kick a** attitude. All of these people inspire me physically and mentally and give me the kick in the pants that I almost always need. I hope to one day give back in the same way they all do.

I have had a great time reading all of the 2011 goal blogs. Everyone is an inspiration whether they are just getting started or are in their maintenance phase. emoticon

So here's to a Happy, and Healthy Spark New Year everyone! emoticon

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GAELENEC 1/3/2011 8:23AM

    I think those are great goals; and you are such a treasure, hearing about all the depth and quality of you just amazes me at times!

Nacole, thank you for being my friend, and for leaving me the occasional uplifting thought. You make the aloneness seem not quite so alone. I appreciate it!

Now, let's rock 2011!

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Goodbye 180's!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Yeah!! I am officially out of the 180's. I weighed in at 179.8 emoticon . I know barely but hey the scale doesn't lie.

I had a challenging weekend. Saturday night was an all you can eat and drink Crab fest!! So much beer, mac n' cheese, mashed potatoes, wings and desserts. OH MY! I didn't deprive myself but I didn't go crazy either. I had 2 light beers and small portions of some of the above mentioned food. I did go over my calories for the day but I also had a good workout. I can't completely avoid these events for the rest of my life so I have to learn to manage them. I know I will get better at that as time goes on. I am more upset that I am having a hard time hitting my water intake on the weekends. I like water in fact besides some black coffee or tea, I don't drink anything else. I have to really make a stronger effort. I have to carry water with me like I do during the week.

Next up I need to update my measurements and start taking some pictures. I am hoping I will see some differences in my body if I start to document it. I will be sure to post the pics.

Happy sparking!

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GAELENEC 9/26/2010 2:33PM

    You are doing an amazing job, Nicole! Keep up all the great work!

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It's been a exciting!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I know I haven't posted a blog in awhile. I was reading my last blog from August and thought WOW! what a difference a month makes. I am actually doing this! I have been a spark member since 4/4/2008! In that entire time I have done nothing but gain weight, until now! I don't know, did something finally click that didn't click before? Have I suddenly become possessed? HaHa! That's the choice my husband wants to go with. On Friday he actually said "wait a minute something is wrong, you got up early, worked out and your dancing around the bedroom AND you are going into work early, why are you not your usual not a morning person grumpy self?" I didn't have an answer. Believe me I still hate getting up at 540 am to workout before going into work. I still insist I am NOT a morning person but now I actually appreciate what it does for me. I am in a better mood. I'm a nicer person. I don't avoid people for 2 hours while I am still waking up. It's a work in progress, but guess what?


It's slow and not much but it's still there and it's enough to keep me going. I've been working out consistently 4 days a week and now I know I need to add a 5th day. My eating was never really that bad, except for the weekends. Weekends still are not great but getting better. I actually ordered a side salad with my wrap instead of fries. That was hard for me because I had always considered that one of my "rewards" in the past. But now I am tracking my food which can be annoying but it keeps me accountable. I don't want to have to log that I ate french fries and see my calories for the weekend blow up and ruin all the work that I did all week.

This past week has been hard because work has been soooo busy. I work at a hospital and our staff has basically been cut in half due to various happenings. You can't really tell the doctor that the test he wants can wait until tomorrow because I need to go home now. So it's been some nice overtime. I am tired when I get home and its been hard logging on and spending time on the computer. Guess what-I have been doing it! Work will be getting better soon so I know I can make it and be consistent through busy times. No excuses!

Stuff to work on:
Increasing my workout days
Increasing my water intake on the weekends
Keep using the reports on SP to help me better understand what I am doing and what I need to do better.
Slow change my workout time from 5:40am to 5:30am
When I get home on time try to fit in some yoga! That one is for myself!

Stuff to keep on keepin on
BEING CONSISTENT! I have learned this is the secret to my success!

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting me. I love getting emails on my blackberry during the day saying the I got a comment or sparkgoodie. I gives me something to look forward to when I get home.

Keep Sparking!!


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HALFFAST 9/12/2010 5:18PM

    emoticon It sounds like you found your Spark! emoticon

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Beginning Week #2

Monday, August 09, 2010

Week One is over and overall it wasn't too bad. I concentrated on making sure that I logged my food and drank enough water everyday. I feel good about getting all of my water in. I missed logging a dinner and I had one day where I didn't eat all that great, but I made sure I logged it. I am trying to make use of all the reports that are available to us. The more informed I am the easier it will be to know what I am doing wrong and right.

I worked out last week but no where near what I have to do to see results. That will be a focus for me this week. I need to get back into a regular routine. I have to get use to getting up early again. I only accomplished that 2x's last week.

I also figured out that I am a planner. I can sit all day and work up great ideas, schedules, plans, calendars you name it I can put it together. My weakness is actually following through with the plan. I know its something I need to work on and holding myself accountable to some of my new friends on spark and logging everything is helping to keep all of those schedules and plans.

I am really looking forward to working up a sweat this week and moving my body. I am hoping I see some results on the scale at the end of the week. I have subscribed to a few blogs recently and i am really enjoying following another persons story. It keeps me motivated and makes me want to be more like the people in the blogs.

Well I will keep you posted! Enjoy the week everyone!

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MAGGIEH6 8/11/2010 8:22PM

    That's the way to start out - concentrate on the water and tracking thing the first week and then add a little more and tweak as you go. Don't worry about the scale - the numbers will show up when they're supposed to. Just get the routine down!
You're doing great!

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DIBONJOUR 8/11/2010 7:50AM

    Have great week! Keep up the good work!

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GAELENEC 8/10/2010 8:20PM

    Wow, great start! That honesty, in logging everything, is so important to staying on track.

Don't worry about your weaknesses; we all have them, and here you are, applying some practical efforts towards dealing with them. Good for you!
I would love to hear more about your workout plans. It can be tough getting started, but once you do, that good clean sweat is such an awesome feeling.

You are definitely on your way in a positive direction.

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COLD_GOLD 8/9/2010 11:37PM

    Hey! I saw your blog link on the Organic, Ethical, Local Eaters & Crunchy People's team...

I can totally relate to your planning tendencies... I can totally get lost in calendars and charts and goals... and then I don't always follow through. I totally need people to keep me accountable. I am trying to find some friends to walk with on my noon hour.

Keep up the good work fellow crunchy person!

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Here I go again on my own.....Well not really!!!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Why I have a Whitesnake song in my head...Maybe its because that's how I felt until just a few hours ago! emoticon
So I am resolving again to start over. Only this time I feel better equipped to succeed. I muttle over the boards and read other members posts and then usually log off. Recently I have subscribed to some blogs and even posted a comment in response to someone else's blog. Well in a response to that post I have made two sparkbuddies. I am committed to helping them reach their goals and I believe in return it will help me to reach my goals.

Along with helping my new friends I have decided to stop "watching" sparkpeople and become an interactive sparkperson. Ya know actually use the tools that I have right in front of me. I know it takes effort and it won't be easy especially on those tired, busy, exhausting days when I just don't feel like it.

I've decided that since I am so good at "starting over" that maybe I should make it a habit. Every week I will "start over." Reassess what is working and what is not. Try something new and fresh or if I find something I love then agree to keep it going for another week. I guess what I will be doing is having very short week long goals. This is something I just learned from one of my new sparkbuddies. Goals seem more attainable when they are short and I will feel successful more often.

I have posted a couple of blogs before but when of my goals will be to regularly blog. I don't keep a written journal anywhere, so I am hoping this will help me get some thoughts out there and hopeful gets some words of advice and encouragement from all of you. I think it would be awesome if one day you asked me for advice and encouragement! emoticon

Ok so, Here I go again with YOU!!!! emoticon

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GAELENEC 8/1/2010 9:30PM

    Whenever any one of us gets stronger, we all benefit; I think it's great that you are reaching out!

This is a journey that will take us a lifetime.


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DIBONJOUR 8/1/2010 9:16PM

    Great! That's just the way I feel, too.
We can really do this together.
I like the idea of starting over every week the way you have described it.
I think the biggest accomplishment I have made so far is to not think about starting over in the old sense. I have had too many binges the night before starting something.
It has been a very slow start for me, but losing 3 lbs is much better than the gaining I had been doing lately.
Let's get to it SparkBuddy!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/1/2010 8:01PM

    Love that song!! I too decided to get involved with the community here at SP this past month, and found I am so much more determined and willing to stick with my plan! Had the best month yet, lost 10 pounds and 10 inches!
You are no longer a "drifter born to walk alone" You are part of a very supportive and understanding community! You can do it this time! Welcome back!

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