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Journey or rest stop?

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Everyone, including myself, keeps referring to what we are going on as a journey. If that is the case, then I seem to be hanging out at the rest stop surrounded by the fog of self-doubt, rain of negativity, and thunder of laziness. I'm eating out of the rest stop vending machines and pretending that I am actually traveling, but who am I kidding?

It is time for a major attitude adjustment! The car is ready to go and all I have to do it climb in and start the engine. The sights along the way are so beautiful and fulfilling, and the company is grand. Why stay stuck at the dingy rest stop watching all the other people go by, when I could be out there living? It's time to go - NOW!!! Shall we carpool?

  
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LINZEE118 2/23/2014 6:29PM

    emoticon is their any room left?

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LIFECHANGZ 1/8/2014 11:08PM

    emoticon Beep Beep! I'm in, let's go! emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 1/2/2014 12:11PM

    got the oil checked, tires pumped up, bags packed; weather report is promising, and i have some seats free. wanna join?

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JUSGETTENBY42 1/2/2014 10:55AM

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Renewing my commitment to myself

Friday, May 31, 2013

Recently, I have been eating all the wrong foods, snacking a lot, and just plain ignoring being healthy. I have been exercising, but not making a lot of effort at it. As a result, I have gained weight. What am I thinking? Am I even thinking at all? It is as if not thinking makes the food have no calories and the exercise burns a lot more than it really does. This is crazy thinking!

Last night, as I was eating a meal out with DH and enjoying onion rings (one of several not-good-for-me foods of the day), I had a big ah-ha moment. This is getting me nowhere, except to feeling worse about myself and moving in the wrong direction from my goals.

Today is a new start! I am done with ignoring what I am doing or not doing. I am going to track all of my food and aim to stay within the SP ranges. I am going to exercise with intention. I am going to be a realist about living a good life, but still working toward my goals. Today is the day when I remind myself that I am worth it. Today is a beginning.

  
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OFFICIALOLDY 8/11/2013 12:16PM

    What a great blog for me to read today! I'm with you all the way.

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KAYELENE 6/5/2013 6:16PM

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GETSALONG 6/2/2013 11:45AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon onward!

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/1/2013 10:39AM

    you're doing just fine!

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DUFFYDYER 5/31/2013 11:18PM

    Good for you for stopping the slide!

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/31/2013 2:16PM

    I hate to confess today I have been snacking on the new Triscuits. Ugh. Going slightly over. Good for you to recommit to tracking! emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 5/31/2013 12:59PM

    emoticon do overs are okay

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DIANEWITHASMILE 5/31/2013 9:40AM

    Good for you! I start the week by making a YouTube playlist of videos I want to do (tons of videos on YouTube including SP)...I then write on my whiteboard (in my bedroom) what specific videos I am doing each day...I then take each day as it comes, some days I only do one or two 10 min videos, sometimes I do everything I have planned! It's a great feeling and as long as you get in 10 min, great! And ten usually leads to more!

Step by step, day by day, together we will succeed!

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MACILINN 5/31/2013 9:37AM

    you go girl! Yes I am worth it too, thanks for reminding me. I get ya big time! Today is a new day to shine, I am startin my day w/ a healthy bkfst, what about you? emoticon

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Day 7 of healthy new habit

Friday, March 08, 2013

It is the end of the week of forming a healthy new habit. Of course, because it is a habit, it needs to continue past this week. I have learned a lot this week and it shows in the food I am preparing. It is more flavorful and satisfying.

The question for today is "Anything else you would like to share with your Team". I think this question is referring to the Cats team of the 5% Challenge, but I like to think of it as the whole Spark team here. I would not be having any success without you. The friends I have made are priceless!

There are a couple of very special people, Kayelene and Sparkchantal, that are always present and able to either cheer me on or give me a swift kick in the pants to get me going. Thank you. I cannot even imagine being on this journey without you. You are fantastic!

Whenever you feel like giving up, just take the time to reach out to someone here. By encouraging someone else, you end up feeling better yourself. It is a big circle that just keep going around and around. Thank you, Sparkpeople!

  
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DIANEDOESSMILES 5/22/2013 7:51PM

    Hey Goil,, you gonna join us with blogging,, and outta curiousity,, what was the new habit????/ I couldn't figure it out, though I read this a few times. :) I have Izzy back !! THANKFULLY !!!! She's still NOT sleeping as she USED to, but I am surah that'll dome back !!! OH HOW I LOVE THIS FOOLISH CAT !! Almost NOT fair,,when so many people suffer REAL Disasters, and here I was TOTALLY FREAKIN OUT cos "my cat was missing". I've recently been homeless,,, that was sooo SCAREY and I've LOST ALL I've owned due to a domestic abuse situation,,,and had to move over 3/4 of the county back from CO to ME,,,so yeah I DO know what its like to be Hurting,,,and of course my $$$ situation is very moment to moment. So yeah ,,,I can relate to what a lot of peeps r going thru,,, just in diff ways,,, only thiers was SUDDEN with NO WARNING and mine was a FEW DAYS with "some warning". I feel so Bad for all in OK and other area's of such like. suddenly NOT having a home,,,and I DO NOT,,,,,,, its horrible. I am currently hoping for a REAL home soon. :) In the meantime,,, just make the best of what you can. :)

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MOM_TO_AKI 5/20/2013 6:38AM

    I hope you are still doing good with you rnew habits.

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DARLY55 3/8/2013 7:20PM

    I feel the same way. Spark People are the best!

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CAROL6X 3/8/2013 6:23PM

    Great Motivation!!!! I am also glad to be on this team!!

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KAYELENE 3/8/2013 6:02PM

    I am here for you and I have the spiky heeled red shoes ready if you need the boost. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/8/2013 2:56PM

    So glad I met this wonderful team too!

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MINDY502 3/8/2013 1:02PM

    You are so right you cant have success without the help of others to share your ups and downs with and to motivate you also. Have a great weekend!

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/8/2013 10:32AM

    thank you, funky!

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Day 6 of flavorful food habit

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The question for today is "Do you need some motivation or advice?" I am doing well this week, but know that all I need to do is ask for help when I am struggling.

I have been receiving a lot of very helpful advice from people who responded to my blogs. You all are fantastic! You are one of the best parts of Sparkpeople. I am learning a lot and am grateful for everyone's thoughts.

Please continue offering recipes and ideas for making food more flavorful and interesting. You have spurred my creativity in the kitchen.

  
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KAYELENE 3/8/2013 2:27AM

    emoticon how wonderful that your sparkfriends are sharing recipes with you. I look forward to hearing what you've been making. emoticon

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CANDOK1260 3/7/2013 12:13PM

    hsppy you enjoying this challenge

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3016DEBRA 3/7/2013 11:13AM

  Continued success & best wishes! emoticon emoticon

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ROBERTAUP 3/7/2013 10:20AM

    Beautiful background.

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KATI5668 3/7/2013 10:19AM

    it takes a while to wean ourselves off of Salt..but with all the spices & even fresh herbs out there...oh yum some great meals coming up.

Have you considered or is it practical to have a tiny window herb garden!
Fresh Herbs are the BEST!!

you have a great plan going...

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/7/2013 9:58AM

    Have a wonderful day!

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Day 5 of flavorful food habit

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The question of the day is "What can you improve upon?". This refers to the 5% Challenge assignment this week of starting a healthy new habit. I am working on preparing more flavorful food instead of the grab and go type of meals I have been eating recently.

To improve I need to vary the dishes I prepare rather than sticking with the few I have made this week, otherwise meals will get boring. That is really the problem. My meals before this week have been boring. Making new recipes and varying dishes will make for more interesting and satisfying meals. I have the SparkPeople Cookbook, so today I am going to look through it and find something good to prepare.

  
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SISSYFEB48 3/6/2013 10:41PM

    the spark recipes here at the site are wonderful as well! emoticon

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TERRIPAL1 3/6/2013 5:56PM

    Sounds great enjoy the new meals,feel free to share a good one or two!

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TKOVACH1 3/6/2013 5:20PM

    Sounds great! Let us know if you find a great recipe that you would like to share with those of us who sometimes get stuck in a food rut.
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SPARKCHANTAL 3/6/2013 3:29PM

    get this one, when I had my own ballet school, my landlady actually cooked for me during the week. she was quite adventurous in the kitchen and always managed to come up with something new, kept me wondering what was coming next. believe me I really appreciated that.

(although it didn't improve my own kitchen skills! that's why to this day I have two recipes in my repertoire, African chicken and Asian chicken.)

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PEPPYPATTI 3/6/2013 3:04PM

    That is a great way to change up the boredom of your meals. I too have the Spark Cookbook & so far have loved the recipes I have made from it.
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LOOKINGUP2012 3/6/2013 2:13PM

    The Spark Cookbook is a great help. Hope you get some complements tonight!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/6/2013 1:05PM

    You can try a lot of different non-caloric and low or no-sodium herbs and spices to enliven things. Good luck!

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