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Day of the Dead Wedding (renamed blog)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pretty good weekend despite eating lots of junk and too much restaurant food. I've been hooked on the Divergent Trilogy and am currently reading "Insurgent" which is the second book in the Trilogy. Very good and I am unable to put it down! I saw that football draft movie with my husband today. It was watchable, however, I'm pretty sure I was not the target audience for this movie though. :)

I was sent a few pictures from my sister in law's wedding last weekend where my daughter was the flower girl. It was a "Day of the Dead" themed wedding so it included lots of skeletons, face painting, and bright colors. It was very fun.

Elena and her new step-cousin, Draven

My sister in law, the bride. This was a "Day of the Dead" themed wedding. She wore a black dress.

My newest "before" photos.

I want to have a healthier week this upcoming week. I have started a new 5% challenge and haven't done much to lose any weight. In fact, I've been doing the opposite...binging. I am trying to put my finger on what is causing it, but I haven't quite figured it out. I think a lot of it has to do with lack of planning. I just feel so busy all of the time and "run down" for lack of better words. Not enough sleep, not enough me time. Perhaps these should be the things I work on this upcoming week.

Hope everyone as a great week and manages to stay healthy both emotionally and physically.

xoxo Christine

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HOUNDOGLOVER76 4/16/2014 8:00AM

    Fun wedding!

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KALISWALKER 4/15/2014 12:07PM

    I enjoyed the pictures, what a happy time!

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JAWATKINS 4/15/2014 7:51AM

    I am waiting (im)patiently for the "Insurgent" book to be available at my library (I am too cheap to buy most books). I LOVED the first one & finished it in under 24 hours! Maybe we can chat about #2 when I get it!
Best of luck getting back on track. It seems I've been spending the last 2 weeks constantly fighting to stay on track!
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HAZELFRUIT 4/14/2014 10:35PM

    Cute pics! Thanks for sharing. Stress makes me more likely to misbehave. And usually I don't even realize how stressed I am until later.

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SMITTY4RL 4/14/2014 11:41AM

    Trying to figure out the why is sometimes hard--best of luck! Just keep in mind, you're worth the effort you're putting into the weight loss ;-). "Me time' is good. Wonderful pics--and I love the bride's dress!

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PATSYB7 4/14/2014 6:36AM

    Planning is key. I boil 6 eggs, peel them, and keep them in the fridge every week so I have a quick-grab and go protein snack. You can do it--it takes effort but you're worth it!

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My Weight-loss Journey So Far

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I remember the moment I decided it was time to actually try to lose some weight. It was November of 2008 and I was teaching 3rd grade. One of my students asked to speak to me out in the hallway and she seemed concerned. She told me that during lunch, one of the other boys in my class was talking about me and making fun of my weight. She was very worried that it would hurt my feelings and "thought I should know what had happened".

I had been noticing my clothes getting tighter and me finally having to actually shop in the plus size section. I couldn't get away with just buying size 16 or 18 in the regular women's sizes anymore.

I was around 180 pounds and the heaviest I'd ever been. During Thanksgiving weekend I decided to look for online diet plans because I knew nothing about losing weight and until that point, didn't really think I had a problem. I came across a website called ediets.com. This was a sight with a monthly fee that would calculate your calories for you and give you meal plans.

I started following it, but didn't lose any weight because I didn't always like the food that was suggested and the site didn't really explain the concept of calorie counting or how many calories I was supposed to be consuming.

About a month or two later, I was sitting in the movie theater with a friend of mine and we were talking about lifestyle, weight loss and healthy living while waiting for the movie to start. I mentioned that I had joined ediets.com and thought it was "okay".

That was when she had mentioned a free website called Sparkpeople.

Out of curiosity I joined the site a few days later. Funny how that one conversation would change so much for me...

I first joined Sparkpeople on February 9, 2009.

I wasn't married and I didn't have any kids at that point, so I had lots of time on my hands. I had even more time on my hands when I was on summer break and could explore the website all day long.

I read and read everything on this website from the inspirational stories, to the articles to watching all of the videos. I started counting calories, going to Zumba and walking often. I also met a bunch of awesome people on this site that I am still in touch with today. That summer I lost 11 pounds and when the school year started again, people noticed.

Then life continued and I got married, had a kid and switched to a new job. I have had stressful moments as well as a new found awareness to a fast food addiction.

In 2012 I wanted to rekindle the Spark I felt when I joined in 2009, so I deleted that page and started a new one (my current one). That didn't do much and I continued with my unhealthy habits. Unfortunately, I found myself at 208 pounds in June of last summer. NOW, I was at my highest weight ever!

This prompted me to join a 5% challenge team and I was very successful. I ended up losing 16 pounds and getting down to 193.

Of course, as the story goes, my habits returned once school started and I haven't dropped any more weight.

Today I stand at 196, which is still good considering I was 208 last summer.

I would really like to rekindle the original "Spark" though. How do I do this? I'm not sure deleting this page and starting a new one would really do anything.

I suppose I need to just buckle down, stop making excuses and just do it huh?

And on to my "Win Today" checklist for accountability (although I sure don't feel like a winner today):

1. Shower before bed (going to do this soon)

2. Exercise after I put Laney to bed (didn't do this)

3. Avoid McDonald's (ate it after school)

4. Get bagel for breakfast on the way to school (did this)

5. Order lunch from school cafeteria (did this)

Other things I did right today

1. I am sparking

2. I curled my hair and put on make up this morning

3. I was agreeable with coworkers today even though I didn't get my own way.

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HAZELFRUIT 4/9/2014 11:49PM

    Being nice to coworkers? That's too much to ask! I was just avoiding them all today...
I really like your checklist. I do a checklist too but not every day. It feels like a good way to work on priorities.

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KALISWALKER 4/9/2014 12:26PM

    Suggestion - Challenge yourself to prepare all your food at home. Your items 3, 4, 5 show your choices when you are not making your own food.

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HOUNDOGLOVER76 4/9/2014 8:04AM

    I'm not sure what your day is like, but I know for me working out only happens in the morning while everyone is asleep and it sets a tone for the whole day and I feel more satisfied with a high protein breakfast. Could you try those two switches and see if they work any better?

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MLH148 4/9/2014 7:54AM

    Love #3 on what you did Right. That is hard and admirable. Keep moving forward. emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 4/9/2014 7:33AM

    Keep going. We've all been up and down. I've realized the truth of, "if you can't do it for the rest of your life, don't do it" A high protein breakfast is very helpful for a lot of people. emoticon emoticon

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MACILINN 4/9/2014 1:17AM

    This diet stuff is tough, thank goodness we have a place to go that is free and we can share our struggles and woohoo's w/others. This is my yr to hit goal wt, join me!

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DOUGLYE 4/9/2014 12:43AM

    Have you considered getting an accountability partner. Someone who will challenge you wham you don't post, someone you can write to when the cravings hit?

Contact someone on the 5% team or join an accountability team.

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Win Today Checklist April 7

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A review of my checklist for accountability

1. Shower before bed to reduce morning stress (done).

2. Get a bagel (and log the calories) on the way to work to reduce morning stress. (did today)

3. Order lunch (usually a salad) from school cafeteria to minimize the number of things I have to do. (did this today)

4. Exercise at 7pm when Elena goes to bed. (Did this!)

5. Avoid McDonald's (umm... I ate it right after school today)

Things I have done right:

1. I exercised even though I didn't want to
2. I gave my husband a little extra attention tonight.
3. I finally folded and put away all of my laundry.

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/8/2014 6:01PM

    emoticon emoticon Keep up the good work!

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TERI-RIFIC 4/8/2014 7:15AM

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KALISWALKER 4/8/2014 5:28AM

    Sounds like a good day! I like have a checklist too

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ZRIE014 4/8/2014 12:14AM

  keep it up

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Win Today Checklist April 4, 5 and 6

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Hey there! It's been a very busy past couple of days! My sister in law got married last night and my daughter was the flower girl in the wedding. Between the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner and the actual wedding yesterday, things have been super busy!

It's nice to finally have a moment to just.....sit.

And spark!

Yesterday was the beginning of the Spring 5% challenge. I am on the Cloverleaf team this time around and am loving it already. My goal is to remain active with my team for this challenge. Last summer I was very successful at losing weight with the Summer 5% challenge and would really like to replicate my experience this time around.

A review of my checklist for accountability

1. Shower before bed to reduce morning stress (will be doing this tonight).

2. Get a bagel (and log the calories) on the way to work to reduce morning stress. (tomorrow morning's plan)

3. Order lunch (usually a salad) from school cafeteria to minimize the number of things I have to do.

4. Exercise at 7pm when Elena goes to bed. (I haven't been doing this lately. Will do this evening!)

5. Avoid McDonald's

Things I have done right:

1. I am currently taking a few minutes for myself to decompress
2. I checked out a new (to me) Leslie Sansone walking DVD from my local library to do.
3. I bought snacks for my class for state testing tomorrow.
4. Almost all of my laundry is done for the week.

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PAULAAUTUMN 4/7/2014 3:48AM

    Good plan I have found Leslie Sansone videos on Youtube I like them and get them done before my husband gets up. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEMARE 4/6/2014 9:31PM

    Sounds like you've got a great plan!
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JAWATKINS 4/6/2014 6:51PM

    Way to plan your work & work your plan!!

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JOMAMA 4/6/2014 6:50PM

    emoticon I think that you will enjoy the Leslie Sansone DVD's! I think they are fun and you will see results! emoticon

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Win today checklist April 3

Thursday, April 03, 2014

I've been reaching for a lot of junk food lately. I am promising myself I will make an effort to do better. Standardized testing is taking place in my school next week, so everything will be pretty intense until that is done.

My sister in law is getting married this weekend and my daughter is going to be the flower girl. I am expecting a crazy Saturday.

On to my checklist for accountability:

1. Shower before bed (will do this after typing this blog)

2. Bagel and only water to drink from Einsteins (did this, but also ordered coffee today)

3. Order lunch from school cafeteria to minimize stress (have been doing this)

4. Exercise at 7:00pm when I put Elena to bed. (I've slacked on this)

5. Avoid McDonald's (I ended doing drive through after school).

Other things I did right today:

1. I was nice to my class even though they were driving me bonkers.
2. I spent some quality time with my husband tonight.

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PATSYB7 4/4/2014 6:53AM

    Hang in there--Keep Sparking!

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POPSY190 4/4/2014 1:32AM

    You're doing well! Isn't it galling when you get bad behaviour from a class no matter what you do! Well done for keeping your cool!

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