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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I love the resources here at SparkPeople. After blogging, yesterday, about my future challenges with maintenance, todayís Exercise Tip of the Day began with the following news:

Keep the Weight Off with Daily Weigh-Ins

ďSometimes the hardest part of weight loss is keeping it off. It can be daunting to know that within two years, most dieters regain two-thirds of what they lost! But researchers at Brown University Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island studied 291 people (mostly women) who had lost at least 10% of their body weight (an average of 44 pounds) in the previous two years. Participants were given scales (and encouraged to use them daily), as well as different levels of support (either a monthly email, an internet chat group, or face-to-face meetings).Ē

Except for days where I know my sodium intake will influence my weight, I often hop on the scale. I believe I have good relationship with my scale. Thanks to my tracking, I pretty much know by my calorie or sodium intake when the scales might be temporarily out of whack. So Iím glad SparkPeople is using the scale at maintenance as our friend to help us stay the course.

I am determined this time, to rid myself of some of my worries and fears regarding my ability to ďkeep it off,Ē and look ahead. How we approach any situation begins with where our mindset (thinking) is. We cannot live in stinkiní thinkiní if we expect to maintain success and right relationships!

I was once a Brownie, and yet itís the Boy Scout motto that I remember regularly, ďBe Prepared.Ē This has been ingrained into my mindset, so much so that I tend to over-pack for just about every event, just in case. Even though Iím down to my last 11.4 lbs to lose, I want to be prepared with a strategy for that time when maintenance arrives. The advice offered yesterday was right on. SparkPeople is here for us at every stage of our weight loss.

This morning, after my prayer time with church leaders, I walked along the Caloosahatchee River (not too far from where it flows into the Gulf of Mexico). Here, you will find that the Australian Pine rules the waterfront with an occasional mangrove tree.

Iím blessed to see a Father and Son relationship nurtured within Godís beautiful nature. I managed to get all my workout in hopes that the Teddy Bears in Tasmania today. My body is telling me to slow down.

Hope youíre reaching your goals today!

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LASARRE 5/11/2011 2:42PM

    Wonderful blog!

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STEPHIEKNITS 5/11/2011 1:06PM

    Beautiful Blog

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DZINE4KING 5/11/2011 11:45AM

    So proud of you for what you have lost and what you will keep off!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/10/2011 10:38PM

    Beautiful blog! Beautiful scenery! Beautiful Teddy Bear!!

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REJ7777 5/10/2011 7:33PM

    I weigh in daily too. I need the reminder. When I stop weighing in, it usually means I'm heading for trouble! I try to take the daily fluctuations in stride, even though I don't always succeed.

Only 11.4 lbs. to goal? I can see why you want to be prepared for maintenance!

Go! Teddy Bear! Go!

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KALISWALKER 5/10/2011 5:26PM

    What a coincidence. See you in Tasmania soon!

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Thank you SparkPeople!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Maartjebol, you have done incredibly well in reaching your goal and I applaud you. You inspire me beyond the words I have written here today. You deserve great honor and recognition for your weight loss journey to lose 100 pounds. You are developing a mindset to make this a way of life you can maintain. I can identify with your story ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
) because it sounds so much like my own story. I am now only 11.4 lbs away from my goal to lose 100 lbs. At first, I just wanted to respond to your blog . . . and then I realized, I blabbered on and on so that it may as well become my personal blog.

I confess, Iím a bit worried about what will happen when I reach that goal. I am in a bit of amazement -- and yes, occasionally a bit too prideful. When I see my reflection, 90% of the time, I still donít recognize that person in the mirror. Thatís not me! I have yet to really identify with this new person . . . are you still Evelyn? Is taking ownership of this new creation in God the missing element in my thinking?

This identity problem may be my new biggest challenge while transitioning from a mentality of losing to one of maintaining. There are moments when I fear that I may not do it well, that I may fail, that I may even give in to an old lifestyle that Iíve found such great comfort in. I tell other people to accept, own, and even enjoy these life moments . . . yet it seems a whole lot easier to offer advice to others and yet find a way to not take your own advice.

I have a message in my head that plays over and over again that says the journey begins at maintenance, while my brain remains in disagreement with this mentality. I expect this journey to be a continuous one . . . part of a life-long learning experience. Losing it WAS not ďeasy.Ē Perhaps my brain will begin to let go of the long and diligent journey that it took to get here . . . a sign of my age where brain farts (a collapse in memory) become a little more commonplace. This may be necessary in order for me to be able to begin to concentrate more on that transition into the maintenance stage of my life.

Martjebolís mindset may be just the secret to help maintain the focus you need to keep it off this time. Sometimes itís hard to admit that we canít do it alone and that it takes the help and support of even just a few friends, to encourage us to stay the course.

I too, canít say enough about the wonderful support of so many great SparkPeople! Thank you, thank you, thank you! This accolade of thanks goes out to my Spark Friends (and I just called one of my favorite people today!) and the three teams who have inspired me the most: The Teddy Bears through these wonderful 5% Challenges that have an incredible influence on the need to Ďmove it!í, Christians with 100 lbs to Lose through the challenge of making daily meditation on the word of God an active part of my lifeís journey, and the inspiring Spark Peeps. Youíre there when we do well, when we think we have messed up, and when we simply need an attitude adjustment.

This morning, I heard Maria Menounos (correspondent for the Today Show and Access Hollywood) tell us how important it is to ďsurround yourself with positive people.Ē Negative influences can suck the energy out of you and you need to keep a safe distance from them. While we may never eliminate all negative influences, may we learn how to be proactive in helping transition through them. I like to think there is a butterfly in each and every one of us and in every stage of life we go through.

Hereís a butterfly I met the other day that allowed me to capture itís beauty.

A friend of mine sent me a birthday present when she saw my favorite colors in a beautiful skirt. She can shop for me anytime!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (20) you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

I hope you find that butterfly from within yourself. Do you find inspiration through your SparkFriends?

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COOP9002 5/11/2011 1:07PM

    I find a tremendous amount of support and encourageent from the Spark Community.

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ANDYINBC 5/10/2011 8:59AM

    Great blog, thanks for posting. You have been a great addition to our Teddy Bear team, even though you keep taking away my Spark points on those LTBS challenges. Way to go!!!

Comment edited on: 5/10/2011 8:59:18 AM

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NINJA-NED 5/10/2011 8:35AM

    i can totally relate to your worries - i share the same. but look how far we've come - we can't go back. we are strong and have a great support system. you really are amazing!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 5/9/2011 5:21PM

    EvelynBear, thank you again for the inspiration. It comes at a timely phase of my life as well. This is my second time arund at losing my weight. Lost 90 lbs on NutriSystem 2 years ago, promptly put 89 back on over a six month period of varicose vein surgeries. Then I found SparkPeople...have gone back down almost 44 lbs. The key is to learn what, how, and how much to eat before maintenance...and never stop exercising. My DH told me to exercise my upper body while I was having the months of surgeries...I didn't listen to his wise counsel. And here I am...resolve to learn my lessons well this time. This is definitely a lifetime, lifestyle journey that never ends. Your head is on straight...I believe you will honor God with your body. Hugs, BevBear

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    You look so beautiful! You captured the feeling with the butterfly too! I have to admit that when I get to the maintenance point, I am going to go back and read Mary's (Maartjebol) blogs too. It has been fascinating for me to follow her journey in the last few months - my first months. She was one of the first people who friended me, and it has been really inspirational. Now my circle of Spark Friends has grown to include you, which just cements my motivation. Thank you for finding me as a Spark Friend, and also a special thanks for the lovely words you shared with me today when you sent the goodie.

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MOMFAN 5/9/2011 3:11PM

    Join a maintenance team! Their is a Christian one here on Sparks you can find on my Spark Page. Keep a goal in mind. I know that I lost sight of all of it through a very difficult year and am on my way back to that loss. You can do this. Keep your focus on Christ, He will sustain you. I just started reading the book "Made to Crave" it is exactly what I need right now.

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LASARRE 5/9/2011 3:10PM

    I think I would lose my mind if it weren't for the people on spark helping me to put things in perspective. You look amazing. Great job!

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Still moving . . . and walking!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

I was so relaxed after my Tai Chi routine today, I fell into a much needed 40 winks. With company, we chatted until 1 am last night. Today we caught an early worship service, walked the waterfront, enjoyed dinner before the big Motherís Day rush (without a reservation), and allowed my company to get an early start on a two-hr drive home before beginning yet another busy work week. Oh how I donít miss having to work the proverbial nine-to-five job.

Enjoying nature along my walks brings me great pleasure. I also enjoy gazing into a pond with lily pads like this one here.

Then to see our very own Yucca plant in full bloom was also a delight!

Now I have another great time slot to get in one more walk today so I can read some blogs later this evening. I hope my Teddy Bears team mates are workin' it well! May you enjoy fitness opportunities wherever you find joy!

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JUGE300000 5/9/2011 9:00PM

    Love your cool pix.


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MOMFAN 5/9/2011 3:17PM

    I love you pictures!

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STEPHIEKNITS 5/9/2011 12:05PM

    What a nice day!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 5/9/2011 2:49AM

    Wow Evelyn...you got a lot accomplished this morning! Good for you. Happy Mother's Day. I loved the pix!

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ANDYINBC 5/9/2011 1:42AM

    Great pics. I am so glad you had a super day! Enjoy!

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KSILVER123 5/8/2011 8:40PM

    I want to go for a walk too! Love the picks.

Be Blessed,

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MARTHAWILL 5/8/2011 8:36PM

    I could almost feel your day. Sounds awesome. Love your photos.

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GETTHEGAF 5/8/2011 7:42PM

    Glad you had a nice day. Very nice pics

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TERRBEAR12 5/8/2011 7:18PM

    Sounds like it was a delightful day. Friends, family, a healthy body, mind, and soul - nice.

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    I was just on the team page and everybody seems to be rockin' those fitness minutes!

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FLUTTERFLI 5/8/2011 6:13PM

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY !!! emoticon

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Nature is a beautiful thing to watch!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Here's a gorgeous caterpillar getting ready to go through the cycle of life and become a beautiful butterfly. I have so much fun taking pictures when nature is this awesome! We are so blessed.

Having a perfectly delightful day with family! I walked, and walked, and walked (more than 120 minutes) because Teddy Bears Rock!

Hope you're having a rockin' day, too!

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JUGE300000 5/10/2011 7:46AM

    Nice pic.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/8/2011 1:56PM

    How neat! This year I bought my 3 1/2 year old caterpillars that we get for our classrooms for science units. She had so much fun watching them and observing their changes. It was so exciting to watch as they came out of their cocoons a few days ago. Today was a wonderful mothers day, as we let 5 beautiful monarch butterflies out in the beautiful spring afternoon.
Great job on your fitness min Teddy Bear! I too did 120 min, we went for a 7 mile hike!

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    Have a wonderful day! My Mothers Day started with a nice hike too!

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GETTHEGAF 5/8/2011 1:16PM

    Great photo! Good job on your walking.

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PEEKINGOUT 5/8/2011 1:48AM

    Thank you for the great photo. You are so positive and full of life.
I feel better just reading your blog!

Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

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MARTHAWILL 5/7/2011 11:09PM

    Good for you for keeping it moving. The weather was amazing today. Took full advantage of it. Hope you have a blessed Sunday/Mother's Day!

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5% Spring Challenge Goals made Weekly

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo today! Iíd like to aim for consistency by taking my 5% Spring Challenge goals and making them weekly:

1) Shed at least one-half pound at every weekly weigh-in
2) Exceed 30 minutes in daily cardio and strength training
3) Track food and fitness daily in SparkPeople (SP) while weekly networking with my fellow Weight Watchers
4) Average six or more servings of fruits and veggies daily
5) Drink an average of at least 10 cups of water daily
6) Sleep 7-9 hours a night five days a week.
7) Satisfy meeting all seven SP recommended levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium twice weekly. Meet four or more of these goals six times a week.
8) Spend at least 15 minutes daily in the study of Godís word.
9) Treat myself to something fun at least three times a week (connect with a friend with dinner out (stay in calorie range), hike in nature, movie, theatre, etc). This goal will be best documented through photography and blogs.
10) Complete the knitting of skein of yarn in a prayer shawl.

Finding beauty in a single flower in the park is one thing that qualifies as a "fun thing" that I enjoyed yesterday.

Hope your goals are all in place for today and Mother's Day Weekend.

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MARTHAWILL 5/7/2011 11:10PM

    Good healthy goals. You can do it!

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AMBERLEIGHM1 5/6/2011 4:26PM

    Great idea, I'm doing the challenge also and am looking forward to it. I wish you much success.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/6/2011 7:13AM

    Great goals! I like making weekly goals too as a way to stay focused. Good Luck! Love the photo

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/5/2011 11:45PM

    Awesome goals!!

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REJ7777 5/5/2011 8:55PM

    Great goals! I wish you success in reaching every one of them! emoticon

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