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NP/W1/D2 - the dilemma

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I usually max out my SparkPoints on a daily basis, that meaning that I get all the points I can get on that day. I do everything I can to get the best number of SparkPoints I can get. So this is the dilemma - if I max out everyday, when a challenge come along to see if you can get 10 more points, I can't participate because I can't get more than max - so should I not go for broke every day and hold back so when a challenge comes along I can participate?

Not me! It would be like running a race and not going full out on your race plan and ending up anywhere in the pack except #1. Why didn't you win? Because you didn't go for the win! I guess I just have to "win" everyday at something (and usually its my SparkPoints). So I guess the dilemma is solved!

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JANEXA 10/3/2010 3:44AM

    Hi, Pat!! I feel the same way!!! Go for it every day!! Hugs, Janet emoticon

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New Plan/Week 1/Day 1

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Somewhere back about 3 years ago, I started walking. Actually, my husband started walking and I felt bad because he went alone at 6:00am in the dark while I sat around doing nothing so the second day I went with him. It was fun! and I didn't say that! Well, that was my feeling back then. Walk was a four letter word, so was jogg, runn, and anything else that looked, smelled, or sounded like hard work.

Today, I consider myself an exercise monster that I created, with the help of a very nice physical therapist. So loaded with exercises for three weeks every day, three times a week at the PT office, I had become an exercise nut! I couldn't get enough of it. I went from sitting in a wheel chair and using a crutch to doing it on my own with no problems.

However, awhile back, I fell and injured my left side and right elbow. It was a lot worse than I thought and I pushed my way past it for six months. During that six months, I could barely walk, so walking was out and eventually, SP was out of my life. My life, as far as diet and exercise was a train wreck. And my life was depending on keeping the train going.

Then a few months ago, I came back to SP basically to use the calorie counter and I got "sucked" in to this wonderful place all over again.

I am stuck, have been stuck at my current weight for 2, maybe 2.5 years. I lost 30 pounds at the beginning then fell and even though I am going at it again, stronger than before, I'm still at this one spot!

I will not give up! I know I can get past this spot that seems to be hanging onto me somehow and I will get past it. I'm just frustrated over it!

So now I have gone back to a little thing I made back when I was losing weight. My schedule! I actually had to sit down one day and figure out the best time for me to eat and while I was at it, I figured out what to eat at each meal and snack. Going a little further, I made sure I had the stuff in the refrigerator or on the shelf and it was ready to grab-and-go.

It was working! But I got a little cocky and decided I knew what to do and I stopped using it and disaster struck! A combo of injury physically and mentally and I was on the sidelines. I gain 11 of those 30 pounds back and I am quite disgusted with myself.

But I'm shaking it off! Not only the attitude, but the weight! It starts today!

No more excuses for not going for a walk. I've gone for a walk in the rain, in the heat, in the cold, in the wind, I can do it again! Even if I only walk in circles or in place, it's better than not doing it at all.

Yesterday was a bad day for me, it finished very well. I just have to get back on track and with a lot of work, I've managed to get myself back on one of two rails. So with another long-hard shove, I think I can get my life back on the track and moving forward again.

Now I've got my eyes on what's in front and I've got my plan on how to get there. I've got fuel, my wheels are shinny and round and everything looks good to go so here I go! WooWoo! into the night!

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TAMMYTH64 10/4/2010 8:41PM


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MEGATURTLE 9/28/2010 8:47AM

    Way to go!! :)

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Wishing great success to SP members!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Everytime I write a blog I feel like it has to be a novel. I guess I like writing. But here's a short one!

I wish every SP member grand success in reaching all their goals, needs, and wants, health and happiness. Keep doing what your doing, and keep reaching out to your SP friends because we are all going down the same path together.

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TAMMYTH64 9/25/2010 10:37PM

Right back atcha babe!
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CRROCKERGIRL 9/25/2010 10:20PM

    Same to you! :)

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CBARRETT10 9/25/2010 10:15PM

  Wishing you the same! Thanks for sharing.
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JAMER123 9/25/2010 8:48PM

    Thank you. This community of people is the greatest there is for caring and support. I want to wish you the very same great advice you sent to us. Thanks!!

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DJ4HEALTH 9/25/2010 8:43PM

    Thanks and wishing you the same. emoticon

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ASHUPE1 9/25/2010 8:35PM

    Thanks! That's nice. Right back atcha!

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Dig In and Look Around SP!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Recently, I was looking for the date I started SP. I hunted for a clue everywhere, I thought, and finally, I figured it out by going backwards on some report. I wasn't positive I had the actual date, but I couldn't find anything prior to the date I was aiming at. Well, today, I found the start date on my SparkPage! Fortunately, it matched the date I found on that report I waded through.

I felt a little stupid, but only for a second. You only know what you know! If I would have looked at my SparkPage first, I probably wouldn't have had to do the hunt and search routine, but in the process, I discovered a few places I had rarely been in SparkPeople and I also 'discovered' a place I don't remember ever going...The Summary Calendar, found on the Start Page.

Bottom line...if you put it in SP, you'll find it all calculated, stored, organized, and retrievable later on. So dig in and look around. You'll be happy you did because you'll find things you didn't know where there and all those things are helpful in your journey to better health.

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TAMMYTH64 9/22/2010 7:28PM

    Good to know! Thanks!

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KEBH8694 9/22/2010 8:12AM

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Habits and Travels!

Monday, August 30, 2010

I grew up in a family that ate meat and potatoes every night for dinner, which included Friday Cheap Nite! That was breakfast, eggs, bacon & hash browns. It was all my parents could afford on Friday nights because the bank account was close to empty and the pay check hadn't gone into the account yet. Things were a great deal different then than they are now. Thank God for the improvements!

Anyway, I learned how to meal plan on my own. One of those weight loss plans that suggested meal planning but didn't really go into detail and so I ended up making meal plans based on meat. I didn't know rice, except at my favorite Chinese place and it was fried rice with egg and pork and whatever. Anyway, somewhere along the line, more than likely SparkMotivated, I discovered it was better to meal plan around a veggie. Stunning idea!

I have recently discovered that my refrigerator is full of fruits and veggies, lean on meat and scarce on potatoes. I was doing my best to eat all those fruits and veggies as opposed to tossing them out as they got too old. I was doing pretty good, but my husband, who likes rice, suggested that I make my meal plans around those fruits and veggies. Oh! Wow! I totally forgot that concept! I'm serious. I had lapsed back into the old concept of planning around meat.

Back on track! I'm planning around the fruits and veggies and I've made another discovery. I eat a lot less meat, no potatoes (I hate potatoes!) and more fruits and veggies than I ever did.

I guess it helps to really sit down sometime, when you're alone or with your best friend and analyze your eating habits, patterns, and concepts now as opposed to what you used to do.

You know that vision collage we should make when we first join SparkPeople? I never made it. I could never think of stuff to put in it. Now I can! One side is going to be covered with pictures of meat and potatoes. Lots of pictures of meat and Lots of Potatoes (I hate potatoes!). The other side is going to be full of zillions of pictures of fruits and veggies, no potatoes, and a couple of pictures of meat, mostly chicken. My then and now pictures! I can hardly wait to get at it.

Have a grand one, SparkFriends! emoticon

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TAMMYTH64 8/30/2010 8:45PM

    It's crazy what we learn about ourselves through this process. I've cut back on fixing potatoes and my guys haven't even noticed it.

Congrats you 3 years!

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