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Daily Holiday Goals

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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To help stay on track through the coming Holidays I've decided to set daily goals to keep me accountable to myself, starting today.

Today -
food journal - count calories
exercise - at least 20" of strength exercises

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 11/30/2011 7:37PM

  I think you have a wonderful idea! I find it difficult sometimes to focus during the holidays. Your daily goals will work well. Thank you.
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Busy week

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Today is the first chance I've had to do my Sparking all week. My husband was in the hospital since Monday, just came home yesterday afternoon. It's been a very busy week. He had abdominal pain last weekend, was sent to the ER Monday for tests. Diverticulitis with a perforated bowel was found. He was on IV's, IV antibiotics, liquid diet, pain meds. Fortunately he did not need surgery, the perforation seems to be healing on it's own. He's home now, feels much better, the pain is gone. Still on antibiotics, by mouth now, for another two weeks, then goes for a follow up doctor visit. He's allowed to get back to his normal routine as tolerated. He's to be on a low fiber diet for now and then a high fiber diet when the meds are done. He looks good and says he feels much better.

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ENUFF81020 11/20/2011 6:38PM

    Hi there,
I'm so sorry that you have been dealing with this and that your husband is ill. I think it is far easier to be the one who is sick than to care for someone else who is not well. I hope that you have been able to have a bit of time for self-care. I am so glad that he is better, and that he has a plan for staying that way. Avoiding surgery is awesome--your prayers must have been answered!! Have a happy Thanksgiving, modified menu and all!
Gentle hugs,

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 11/19/2011 6:40PM

  Thank God he is home and didn't have to have surgery. God bless both of you. Being in the hospital is stressful and you don't get good sleep. There is someone always waking you up for something. Sleep is SO healing. It's great that he is already feeling better!
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MSKITYOCAT 11/19/2011 1:14PM

  God Blessed him with the body power to heal. He really needs to heed this affliction as it could lead to a colostomy if he isn't careful. He doesn't want that I'm sure. Blessings to you and for his continued recovery.

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Success, but . . .

Friday, November 11, 2011

I did it ! I got approved for more affordable insurance !
A goal I set for myself last spring when I saw my doc and had 2 prescriptions stopped and one decreased. That plus all the changes I've made over the past 4 years finally paid off. I'd been denied medically underwritten insurance several times over the past 6 years and planned to try one more time this fall before giving up.

However, the premium is higher than I would have liked. It's $80 less than what I'm now paying, which is a savings but I was hoping the savings would be more. I'll probably go with it because I cannot afford to stay with the insurance I have now and my only other choices are to be uninsured or go with a limited benefit policy that has poor hospital coverage.

Before I accept it I'm going to call them and see if anything can be done to reduce the premium a little. I think it's worth asking, and since the premium is set by the underwriter's not the company, it's worth a shot. Got my fingers crossed. Even if it can't be changed I'll probably go for it.

At any rate,
I did it !

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 11/19/2011 10:30PM

  Congratulations in making those changes! Wow - having 2 meds stopped and one decreased is a HUGH deal. You're right about the asking. It doesn't hurt to ask and I hope you get what you want. Most people would not ask. Great for you! Blessings emoticon

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Self eval/pep talk

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

- Lost 40 pounds
- Maintained weight loss for more than 3 years
- Changed the way I eat, making healthy choices most of the time
- Exercising regularly now, most days of the week

- Still eat too many sweets
- The weight loss did not help the pain as I had hoped
- I still worry about falling back into old habits and regaining the weight

This is the first time I ever reached a weight loss goal and maintained it for any length of time. In the past if I got to my goal, a big IF, I was never able to maintain it for more than a few short months, if that. I know without a doubt that the difference this time is SparkPeople. The resources, forums, teams, articles, etc, all helped. I had always tried to lose weight on my own, no outside support of any kind. This was the first program I ever tried, and Spark isnít even a diet, itís a healthy lifestyle support site. I used the info at Spark to make my own program, both eating and exercise. In the past I always felt I couldnít lose weight because I couldnít exercise because it hurt too much. Spark showed me that any movement is better than none, and that as little as 10Ē at a time would work. And it did. Thatís how I started. 10Ē a day. Then 10Ē twice a day. I tried different exercises, cardio and strength, keeping those I could do and discarding those I couldnít. Now I do some form of exercise, at least 30Ē, most days of the week. I usually break it up into smaller sessions, whatever I can handle on any given day.

My eating habits have completely changed. I would go days without any fruits or veggies. Now my diet is mostly meatless. Iíll do chicken once a week or so, no beef, and Iím trying to develop a taste for fish. I do veggies, beans, grains, fruits, eggs. If you had told me a few years ago that I would be eating like this and loving it Iíd have laughed and asked what planet you came from ! Now I canít imagine going back to the way I ate before.

The one area I still have problems with and just canít seem to get a handle on is sweets. I love my sweets and tho I donít eat them every day, when I do I go overboard. I need to come up with a plan to get the sweets under control, not eliminate them because deprivation does not work. Iíve made positive changes in meal planning and getting regular exercise. I can do this too.


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HOPEFULSNAIL204 11/10/2011 12:50AM

  Felina, you have done SO well! You have made changes that many people would not. You also have been honest with yourself about new goals going forward. It is a real concern about gaining the weight back. I say concern instead of worry because you know what it takes and as long as you are willing to make your changes sustainable you will succeed. I lost 95 pounds about 12 years ago and kept it off for over 9 years. I then was put on a medicine that made me gain weight. After the first 5 pounds gained I should have said I wouldn't take the medicine. That is a right we all have. Instead, I continued on, gained all the weight plus some. I wasn't being honest with myself. You are. If you let the knowledge of possible weight gain keep you accountable to do what it takes, you will do well. Blessings emoticon emoticon

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CWHEATLEY 11/9/2011 1:18PM

    I think you have made some fantastic changes over the past few years. Congratulations on everything you have accomplished. Perhaps it might be a good idea to consider putting sweets into little sampler sizes and freezing them. That way you still have a chance to indulge when you feel the need to, but you will only be inclined to eat one sweet at a time. And perhaps you can give yourself small goals to reach and use the sweets as a reward...but remember, only one sweet! Easier said than done, I'm sure, but I know you can do it! Keep up the great work!

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My Sparkaversary !

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Thank you Spark for helping me reach and maintain my goals for 3+ years and counting ! The first time I've ever been successful at weight loss !

Before I found Spark I had tried many times to change the way I eat and lose some weight. I never succeeded long term. I once lost 20 pounds, went right back to my old way of eating and put it all back on plus extra for good measure. The only other time I reached a weight loss goal I lost 29 pounds trying to get a handle on a prolonged flare of arthritis of my spine. Unfortunately I reached my goal the same day I left work for the last time. I was forced to quit working. That was a jolt but I was determined to keep the weight off and do everything I could to get back to work. But, six months later I had another major flare and gave up on trying to keep the weight off. Emotional eating took over and I regained the weight and more.

I was never able to lose the weight again until I found Spark five years ago. The first few months I "lurked", reading articles, posts, blogs, but nothing more, just reading. Then a few months later something clicked, maybe all the positive things I'd been reading. I woke up one morning and said to myself "Today's the day. I'm ready to change the way I eat, to change to a healthier lifestyle. I'm going to exercise however I can. And Spark is going to help me". I knew with certainty that this time would work. And it did, thanks to Spark.

Since reaching my goal I've had some slip ups, times when I haven't followed my healthy lifestyle like I should, but I always get back on track.

I've changed my goal weight range a couple times. Initially I think I set it too low and had trouble maintaining it. I want to keep it at a range that won't be a struggle to maintain. I now have it set at 153-157. I'm hovering around 157 right now, would really like to be closer to the 153 but I'm in range and that's fine.

I continue to exercise as tolerated, pushing myself a little, stopping when I need to. I used to think that I couldn't exercise at all because of the pain. But when I started my healthy lifestyle change I told myself any movement is better than nothing, so I started very slowly and tried different exercises, eliminating any that increased the pain. Trial and error showed me what I could and couldn't do. Now I'm proud that I exercise regularly and I don't compare myself to anybody else.

My goals from here on - to continue my healthy lifestyle, to maintain my weight loss, to keep on moving, never to go back to where I was before Spark.

And Spark will help me do that.


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MTNGRL 9/13/2011 6:10PM

    Congrats! You are doing a great job! I really like your goals, emoticon

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BARCLE 9/13/2011 2:55PM

    Happy Sparkversary and congratulations on your successes emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 9/13/2011 1:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonHappy Sparkversary....You are doing so amazingly well. I'm proud of you. Keep within your goal weight, get that exercise in and you'll keep feeling SPARKTASTIC. emoticon

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