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Goals for BLC 24

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My overall goal is to weigh 195 by April 9.
That is 15 pounds in 12 weeks. Another goal is to break the emotional addiction to Coca-cola and sweet iced tea. This is attainable with specific behavior changes.
By God's grace I have removed these drinks from my grocery shopping for a year now. But I am strongly tempted when I do errands or eat out. My goal is to remove them from my intake entirely by February 14 and have six weeks free if these sugar drinks. Thus by April 1, 2014 I will have the habit well launched. I will have shown myself I can do without Coca-Cola and sweet tea.
I will not buy coke or sweet tea for 12 weeks. I will drink lots of brewed spice tea and herb tea, plus plenty of water.
I will exercise 2 hours per week for 10 weeks, including at least 20 minutes every day.
I will not eat with TV for 10 weeks, allowing two meals per week exceptions. I will record those exceptions specifically.

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RUNNINGOMA 1/22/2014 6:21AM

    Those are great goals! I have been basically sugar free since Jan 1st, and it really makes a difference. After 3 days, I no longer had any cravings for these things.

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GRACIEC 1/20/2014 1:20AM

    Great plan! Your determination will get you through it!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/19/2014 1:59PM

    You can do this! I'm impressed that you haven't bought Coke at the grocery store for a year!

I always have TWO water bottles in the car, one for the way "there" and one for the way back. It keeps me from drinking other things while out, and it's the way I get in most of my daily water.

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NANCY- 1/19/2014 9:36AM

    You can so do it!!!
For the soda, I had problems wanting something fizzy, seltzer with a squeeze of citrus helped... and for the sweet tea if you like blueberries, Teavana had an herbal that satisfied me. But I'm sure that the spice will work for you!

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VISUALLYRICS 1/18/2014 10:12PM

    Sensational Goals! emoticon emoticon You can emoticon kick it into gear, and blaze a trail that will inspire and encourage yourself & others!

emoticon emoticon Laura

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Why Tea is a Great Snack

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The visual, tactile, & olfactory experiences of preparing something in the kitchen.
The sensory enjoyment of holding the smooth warm mug and enjoying its beautiful shape and design.
The mood-elevation of the spicy, complex aromas.
The taste, the warmth, the oral stimulation of drinking tea, and the satisfaction of swallowing a hot beverage.
The tummy warmth & the sensation of fullness.
The satisfaction of getting all this pleasure from something that is not fattening and contributes to hydration.

Current favorites:

Christmas Tea by Bigelow
Constant Comment
Maharajah & Samurai mix by Teavana (only when available 40% off)

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CAMEOSUN 1/11/2014 2:18AM

    Having some Chamomile before bed. emoticon

I have tea every day.

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BUNNYCATS 1/2/2014 4:05PM

    I love tea as a snack, too. I enjoy it hot or iced. I love Chai, Red Zinger, Sleepytime, Green Tea, Roobios, Ginger Tea.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/2/2014 3:29PM

    Love an afternoon cup of tea! I have a beautiful mug that I bought in China. It makes the tea so special!!

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KTLASERS 1/2/2014 12:50AM

    So true! My fave is green tea with toasted rice.

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KMVBBAM 1/1/2014 12:29PM

    I love peppermint tea and can't wait to have a cup this afternoon and think of all you've said while sipping on this wonderful cup of tea!

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SHERREE66 1/1/2014 11:43AM

    I read your blog with a cup Chai tea in my hands. You described the experience so well. Cheers to you! emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 1/1/2014 10:02AM

    I like red (rooibos?) tea the best, but green tea is another favorite.

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NANCY- 1/1/2014 8:51AM

    Teavana has sales?

My fav is Smith's Jasmine Silver Tip No. 96 It is like drinking a cup of flowers.
Another is Tazo's Passion Flower, looks like I'm drinking wine.
There are many others too numerous to mention... but they are mostly herbal blends.

Happy NEW Year!!!

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TERI-RIFIC 1/1/2014 5:59AM

    Constant Comment is my fave!!! emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/1/2014 3:48AM

    I love peppermint tea! It is energizing and healthful!

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SUSANBEAMON 1/1/2014 12:26AM

  i love fresh jasmine tea, especially with lots of flowers.

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DJ4HEALTH 1/1/2014 12:08AM

    Love having tea and I live in Florida and drink it all the time. emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 1/1/2014 12:06AM

    I couldn't agree with you more. . .you worded the experience so well.
emoticon emoticon Tea is my true love. emoticon

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Olympian Garcia: Move On and Get It Done

Monday, December 30, 2013

At the U.S. Olympic speed skating trials in Kearns, Utah, on Saturday, December 28, 2013, Jonathan Garcia skated a personal best. But his outstanding time in the 500 m was wiped out because he didnít wear the required ankle transponders. He was disqualified. "Iím not putting any blame on anybody." Garcia said. " I should have had them on. Itís nobodyís fault but mine that I didnít have them on." Still, a bitter error and a grievous disappointment.

The next day brought more Olympic trials, this time at 1000 m, double the previous distance. The competition was extremely tough, but Garcia simply focused on the task at hand. He gave it his all and did what he had trained to do. And on the second day he made the Olympic team. "Everyone cheered the gutsy performance turned in by Garcia. The Texan came back to finish fourth in the 1,000 at 1:07.96, good enough again to claim the first Olympic berth of his career. This time it counted."

I whooped and called out, "Listen to this!" when I heard an interview with Jonathan Garcia after he qualified for the 1,000 m Olympic speed skating. The reporter congratulated Garcia for being able to get past the failure and frustration of having been disqualified the previous day, to go on and do what he had to do to make the Olympic team. She asked how he was able to distance himself mentally from being disqualified, to take it off his mind enough to turn in such an outstanding performance. Garcia grinned and said, "What, I got disqualified yesterday???" It was his humorous way of saying just how much he had let it go; he had put it t of his mind entirely! Garcia's jest reflects the reality of disciplined focus, persistence, and inner strength. The skater went on to explain that he knew that his skating had been fast enough to qualify. He knew he deserved to be on the Olympic team.

Jonathan Garcia had a painful disappointment, a stunning setback. But his outlook focused on objective facts, that he had the ability to succeed. Then he focused on the task and did not allow emotions of regret or self-pity or frustration to interfere with simply getting the job done.

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NANCY- 12/31/2013 8:09AM

    Thank you for sharing this.
Just goes to show we all need to believe and have faith in ourself. It is within us.
Wishing you a Wonderful 2014!!!!

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Grateful - 500 Days

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The theme for the next section of my 500 Days program is "Grateful." I want to increase my awareness of the awesome Creator's wisdom, love, and power. I receive such grace daily!

Now I will be involved sporadically with SparkPeople for several months because Fall is a major camping season for us. September will be a month-long cross-country adventure, followed by many short camping trips. Thus I am changing my plan of approach in the weight-loss journey. I am still committed to great nutrition, tracking, and exercise.

Now I am starting a program with my husband. When we are both tracking, I think it will be helpful. I am not giving up; but I am shifting gears. Thanks to you all for your faithful friendship! I will check in now and then!

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ID_VANDAL 9/1/2013 10:25AM

    Good thoughtful blog. Changing gears is often called for in life for many reasons and good for you for knowing that!

I hope you have nothing but fun and good times with your camping!

Take care!



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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/21/2013 8:39PM

    Shifting gears can be a good thing. I'll miss you. Grateful is good - lifechanging!

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NANCY- 8/21/2013 7:48AM

    Selfishly I said "Oh NO!" as I will miss your presence.

Camping is a wonderful way to get in touch with ourselves and nature. It is wonderful that you and your husband have partnered on your healthy lifestyle plan. The cross-country adventure sounds heavenly, I hope your trip brings you to New England. I look forward to your check-ins.

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GRACIEC 8/20/2013 11:34PM

    Can't wait to hear all about your Fall adventures! I know you'll be successful!

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MIRRORBALLMOON 8/20/2013 11:09PM

    Have a great time! See you when you get back! :-)

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FREELADY 8/20/2013 10:44PM

    Yes, Travelgrrl, we use state parks and national parks! Only a couple times have we hit an area where nothing is available except a private campground...

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VISUALLYRICS 8/20/2013 10:33PM

    How track with your DH! emoticon
emoticon on your NEW cross-country/ camping adventure emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Love your gear shift.....have a Blast! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/20/2013 10:11PM

    I hope you will check in periodically and let us know about your adventures and travels! I always feel gratitude when camping...we always try to camp at State and Federal parks, which are always showcases of an areas most beautiful locales. What about you? Do you prefer the campgrounds with all the creature comforts or the ones out in the woods?

Have fun and take care!!

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WATERMELLEN 8/20/2013 8:47PM

    "Grateful" is always a great attitude . . . of gratitude. And I'm sure you will enjoy your camping and your tracking with your DH. We'll look forward to hearing form you when you check in. All best!!

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Report Card for 500 Days - Fifth Quarter-Term

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I have not made healthy food choices this past month. I have turned to food for comfort and distraction--- instead of receiving God-given tools and provisions.

We were traveling in the north woods, and I know how to eat properly then, but I had too many treats. Exercise was excellent until July 11, when I started getting very sick. We have been home the second half of July, but sinusitis, bronchitis, and asthma laid me low. I am thankful to be feeling much better. I took a long walk today by God's grace.

I am glad to have the structure of my 500-Day schedule, for now a new section gives me a strong sense of a fresh start. In my original plan I had a different word for the theme of this new section 6, Fellowship, but I am choosing to use FOCUS instead. Oh, how I need focus!

I am watching Dr. Judith Beck on YouTube and telling myself what her book says about how to proceed. Onward!

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ID_VANDAL 8/20/2013 1:26PM

    Hey there! I have slipped more than you have but let's not make that a contest!!

As long as we are alive we can chose to make things better for us and everyone else! We all know we will slip but we fix it and move one - just as you are doing!

Keep your focus - we are going to win this war - one battle at a time!



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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/4/2013 12:44PM

    "I have not made healthy food choices this past month. I have turned to food for comfort and distraction--- instead of receiving God-given tools and provisions. " - I identify. The scale has crept up a few pounds - I was okay with maintaining with everything going on, but I am NOT OKAY with gaining. Really struggling.

Hoping you are on the mend and will be able to get back into some structure - I need it desparately.

I don't know your taste in music, but this song has been a real blessing to me the past week as I struggle with the "dregs" of life and seeking to be intentional in my journey to health.

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 7/31/2013 10:34PM

    Sorry to hear you were sick!! Probably all those wonderful spores out there in the great north woods just incubated and created your misery. I hope you had some healthy time to enjoy your family getaway vacation. A healthy lifestyle loves routine. Welcome back home and the comfort of your routines and support system. Heal thyself emoticon

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NANCY- 7/31/2013 10:20AM

    WTG for getting back on track! You must give yourself credit for that.
Being ill does upset the proverbial apple cart and makes it difficult to think. Perhaps you can develop a "sick plan" or have someone help guide and care for you if you get ill. By care I mean assist you in maintaining healthy choices. I'm so glad that you are feeling better.

You are doing wonderful, look back to the beginning of your journey and see the progress.

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GRACIEC 7/31/2013 1:20AM

    Take care of yourself -- you'll be back on track in no time! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 7/31/2013 12:41AM

    I love Dr. Beck. She has been thin for over 20 yrs or more and she has lived what she teaches.

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WATERMELLEN 7/30/2013 8:42PM

    I'm going to check out the Dr. Judith Beck on YouTube -- thanks for telling me about it. And welcome back: you will refocus, I'm sure of it!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/30/2013 7:30PM

    You are back! Dust yourself off, dig in, and start again. Thank God for fresh starts. emoticon

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JOYATLAST 7/30/2013 5:27PM

    I can't remember who to give the credit - I think it was Billy Graham. Anyway, it goes something like this: Everyone gets off track. The important thing is how soon you discover it and get back on.

You're doing GREAT!


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VISUALLYRICS 7/30/2013 4:56PM

    emoticon FL!
. . . . : :how mindful of you to post your blog here...:::so PROUD of you!
You ARE already focused and ready to follow that path named 'focus". emoticon ...::or better said, emoticonTogether emoticon Let's emoticon. . . . and make some late summer and I!

emoticon Laura

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