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Good Morning, World!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Good morning, World! I'm off to a ripping start. I've already worked my day and I've got my Sparking done for the day, my exercises start shortly and then it's free time all day. I'll probably sleep most of it as I worked the night shift today, but that's alright as I feel good about myself and I'm eatting healthy, staying in my ranges and my DH is helping me all the way. He's trying to lose the weight, too, so, we're both humming right now. Plan on keeping it that way for as long as I can.

Have a great day, Everyone! emoticon emoticon

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    Sounds fantastic. Keep up the good work!

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KIWIANN 1/28/2013 10:35AM

    Hope your day was as great as you anticipated!

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KERRYG155 1/27/2013 1:41PM

    Sounds great! I'm just waiting for the day my husband decides to work with me instead of against me in the weight loss effort. Hope the rest of your day is just perfect!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 1/27/2013 10:15AM

    Good morning~ Have a great day!

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OMG! - I Fed My Gremlins!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Itís amazing at what summoning your determination up does for you. For one thing, I find my determination accepts NO excuses. When I plan on my daily 1 mile (or better if I can stand it) walk, I go for my daily walk and I donít count going to the store as my daily walk. The store is just extra daily steps to help me make my basic 5000 daily steps.

When I plan on doing strength exercises, my determination seems to find a way to remind me that I can go to the gym and use the machines, or I can use my homemade gym and do my strength exercises in my living room.

Today, Iíve joined SparkPeopleís January Jumpstart Workout and as soon as I joined it, I did the first exercise, almost before I added that promise to the goals of the team. And I had promised myself to do 30 minutes of floor aerobics so I did that Day One video 3 times.

Iíve also discovered that my determination will follow through with meal planning, tracking my food (my worst pit). I do the fitness tracker, and other goals, my weight (and other things) tracker, and I basically track everything I do on SP because thereís so much to do, so many things I like to do, that I get annoyed with myself if I forget something so I keep track of what I am doing.

My determination has carried over into my work. I work at home (something I have wanted to do since computers came out). But the problem with working from home is the same as working in someone elseís establishment. You have to set time aside for the needed breaks and you have to utilize those break times for your wellbeing. The work doesnít move to someone else as soon as you stop it, but your body goes to pot, real quick if you ignore it. All that stress makes you sick.

So I am learning how to use my determination and I am discovering an incredible secret that I have had all these years, but didnít even know it.

Hereís a challenge for all my friends; check out your determination. You might call it something else, but youíve got it and I dare you to get it out and put it to work for one day. If you arenít impressed with your own version of determination, give up on it, but what have you got to lose if your determination works like mine Ė or better!

It doesnít hurt, itís free (another really great thing about it), and all you have to do is tell it what your goal for the day is. It will give you reminders and even a little kick in the needed gears to shift you on your way. Come on! Try it! Youíll like it!

(Oh! I almost forgot! One issue: Do NOT tell your determination that you want to sit in front of the TV all day long and eat junk food. Itís like feeding a gremlin! Disastrous!)

Have a SparklingDay with your Determination! emoticon emoticon

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MISCHIEFBOI 2/8/2013 8:29PM

    I so had to read this. What a title.
My partner has more trouble working at home on the computer.
Then when she is not here.
Thank you for sharing this. At the moment, my difficulty is getting the hang of the diabetic diet I'm on.
Have a good evening. emoticon emoticon

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GINNJEN1974 1/5/2013 7:50AM

    Great blog and something I truly need to find. Thanks for the reminder.

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MIRAGE727 1/4/2013 8:34PM

    If you sit in front of a tv all day long, the first question I'm going to ask you is, "What exercises were you doing?"
You don't want to know my second question!

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KERRYG155 1/4/2013 7:23PM

    Your determination seems to be working a lot better than mine!! Keep up the great work.

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    LOL. I hope I can get my determination to keep me on schedule every day. I'm trying to make one and follow it.

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Monday 12.31.12 My New Quest and Update!

Monday, December 31, 2012

You may know already, but when I woke up on Wednesday, 12.26.12, I had a new goal in mind and I immediately made a plan on how I was going to achieve my goal.

1. Better eating, which includes weighing and measuring portions.
2. Food Tracker, which is my worst area - I don't know why I hate that thing.
3. Exercise, 1 mile walks and water aerobics/gym machines everyday
4. If the weather was not right for the outdoor pool, floor aerobics in place of.
5. 8 to 10 8-oz glasses of water daily.
6. Spark every day
7. Weigh every Monday morning
8. Blog every Monday with an update (Accountability)
9. Goal date is May 21, 2013
10. Goal weight on that date 185.
11. Goal loss, 38 pounds on top of the other 50 I've already lost and gained about 15 back.
12. Be determined to have my determination working at all times.

I started my journey instantly. When I weighed on Wednesday I was at 223.4. This morning I was at 222. A little over a pound, but I'll take it. So I am off to a good start and my plan is working. Only thing left to do is keep going.

Seems like my determination is working just right and I am learning more things every day, so I'm happy.

I'm wishing myself, and all my SparkFriends working on their journeys, SparklingSuccess on reaching their goals with ease, determination, love, understanding, and most of all, forgiveness.

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KIWIANN 1/1/2013 10:17AM

    Great goals, and great attitude!!! emoticon emoticon

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GINNJEN1974 1/1/2013 6:20AM

    You will do this too. Your amazing and always there to help along the way. I too hope to be a bit more active and to not slip and slide as it seems I am prone to do.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/31/2012 7:53PM

    Good luck with your goals and plan!!

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KERRYG155 12/31/2012 6:56PM

    Good goals and a great start!

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DEBPRE16 12/31/2012 12:15PM

    Great job! I love your goals. You are doing great by not giving up. Have a Happy New Year!

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My Many Blessings Reviewed!

Monday, December 24, 2012

I believe in reviewing blessings of the year at Christmas time. It's a bit like having to relay something you are grateful for at the Thanksgiving table. Most people hate being put on the spot and most don't care about others feelings so I am not going to tell you of my blessings, but I can tell you that I am glad I am not a Congressperson because I'd really be hanging my head in humiliation or embarrassment at this point for not doing my job that I would be paid very well for, including bloated ENTITLEMENTS. I really believe they should be fired and their benefits taken away from them, like any other citizen of this country would go through if they were fired for gross derelict of duty.

I am more than saddened by the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT. I have not been informed of some shirttail relative being involved in it. I know I have no close relatives involved, even though a great number of them, through marriage live in New England and I am sure that that event has touched many people in New England and the rest of the country. With that, I believe in gun control at least in so much as the amount of bullets a gun can hold. I think the military assault machinery should be hunted down and taken away from ordinary citizens, especially the gangs, and that includes the high-volume ammo magazines or whatever fancy name they want to put on the ammo containers. There are highly sought after rifles (I am told) that have to be loaded, one bullet at a time. Wouldn't that make it harder for people to be filled with bullets like Bonnie and Clyde?

I am glad I am not a video game enthusiast because I feel those videos of war and laying down a fire line that even a ant would be burned by the bullets screaming overhead. Why do we allow our children to watch those kinds of things? Can't you see that by desensitizing them, you allow the idea to enter their heads that, "Hey, it's only a game! It doesn't hurt anyone!" It works the same with letting them watch movies that are based on speed (the movement - not the drug) as the main idea of the movie, or monsters. The more we desensitize ourselves to things, the less likely we are to move when the red lights start flashing and the barriers come into view. What do you think those red-flashing lights, waving flags, and barriers are for anyway (I'm talking about the ones in your head, not on the road in front of you).

I have a long-time friend who believed in not telling her children no because there was far to much negative in the world. But she didn't equate the idea that by not telling them no, as in no you can't set the house on fire, no you can't drive the car because you don't have a driver's license and you don't know how to drive, and the STOP sign basically is an NO! Then when there were problems with her children, she basically couldn't handle it and it would blow her away into embarrassment because her children were unruly. You have to teach your children to behave. It doesn't come automatically. Children love to be nurtured, that means telling them no and why. I believe you can tell your children no by being kind with it. It doesn't have to be a stinging word. I can see it stinging them when you're in a panic because they are about to set the carpet on fire to see what happens, or they are about to touch the hot burner, but you can take them aside immediately after, hug them, tell them you are sorry for shouting "No!" at them and explain that you were afraid of them being hurt and panic had set into you. Children can forgive, and mostly do, until they are overwhelmed with meanness or hate, or an unforgiving parent.

So this is the first of my process of learning how to blog, as prescribed by my publisher and I finally got past the fear of it and took my page off private long enough to do this. When I have posted it, I will put my page back on private, go over it with a fine tooth comb and make sure that I am no longer worried about what's on there then make it public forever again.

I wish all my SparkFriends a very Merry Christmas.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/25/2012 6:48PM

    Merry Christmas to you too!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KERRYG155 12/24/2012 7:20PM

    Yes, kids do need to be taught the meaning of NO and the difference between right and wrong and good and bad. The only thing that comes naturally is selfishness!! Merry Christmas!! emoticon emoticon

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MARTY728 12/24/2012 12:35PM

    emoticon and you also! emoticon

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The Little Black Cloud Overhead!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Today, as I sit in front of my computer, Sparking, I heard a familiar sound, but it was more insistant this time. I looked out the window and the sun was shining but it was raining - correction, pouring - Cats and Dogs pouring. The sky was blue, but I went to look from a different direction and high above was a small black cloud that had enough moisture collecting and was dumping over the area it was sailing by. "Thanks little guy. We have enough rain and really don't need any more."

It reminded me of how I was feeling today. Like I woke up and got going very early and was feeling sad at the same time. No known reason, just chemicals in flux, I guess. However, now I feel much better.

Have a SparklingDay!

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MIRAGE727 8/29/2012 6:54PM

    Interesting, and I can relate. I headed out of my house this morning, biking to Downtown Dunedin as a part of my cross training. I got on the Pinellas Trail and saw a similar dark cloud. It spritzed on me, I embraced it, and by the time I made to breakfast, I was dry. Coming back, I saw several which inspired me to increase my speed. Ah, what we have to deal with in Paradise!
I just mentioned to an SparkFriend that we all will have negative spells but to wallow in them would simply be a waste of time. When I find myself there, I look to do something positive for me. The easiest thing is to do cardio outside or strength training. It's great therapy...and it's free!

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GINNJEN1974 8/29/2012 3:54PM

    Glad your blac cloud of emotion didnt stick around. As for the rain I am sure it could be done without.

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    We need the rain and will take all the clouds and rain you don't want. I'm glad your mood has improved.

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DEBPRE16 8/29/2012 12:23PM

    I am glad you are feeling better.


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KERRYG155 8/29/2012 11:59AM

    It is always strange to see it rain on a bright sunny day. Those clouds can do some funny things and sometimes it feels like they are just hanging over our heads. Hope your dark cloud disappears soon.

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