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The Challenges of Staying on Track Made Easier

Thursday, November 20, 2014

We all know how easy it is to be derailed and fall off the tracks when it comes to healthy living. But are you aware of the resources you have available to help you get back on the tracks when you slip off? Awareness of these resources and tools can certainly make us stronger in our healthy lifestyle. Each of us here will build a varied library of resources or stock of tools in his/her tool kit. So what's in your library or which tools have you stocked in your tool kit?

For our BLC26 Tighten and Tone Challenge this week our team has been asked to share some of the resources which help keep us living the healthy lifestyle. I am going to focus on a few main resources as there are many more I won't take the time to list in this blog.

1. Spark People - I have never been able to maintain a healthy lifestyle for any length of time in the past, however, now with Spark I may falter but I consistently am able to get back on the rails. It's been close to three years and I'm not giving up. So what is it at Spark? First it was the nutrition and fitness trackers that gave me what I needed but soon I discovered the wealth of information found in articles. Later I started to friend fellow Sparkers and became inspired by others who were teaching me so much about this journey. Then I discovered challenges and teams I could join which tapped into my competitive nature. Personally, my favourites have been the 5km virtual challenges and the Biggest Loser Challenge rounds.

2. Local pool and gym - When it comes to fitness I have learned that I do much better working out outside the home. I have bought weights, resistance bands, and walked the neighbourhood but I do best when I set time aside to attend a class, workout in the gym, walk the track, or swim lengths at the pool. I workout harder and longer because of the inspiration of others around me. I know not everyone has the opportunity to join local gyms or recreation programs so I have come to appreciate this opportunity more than ever now.

3. Discovering and believing more about who I am capable of becoming - You may be asking "What kind of resource is that?" On any journey we have opportunity to learn more about who we are. While engaged in fitness activities particularly I have often found myself thinking and reflecting. These reflections have led to my having to let go of former beliefs of who I am and what I am capable of. These former beliefs were so limiting because they weren't based on truths. This opened up the opportunity for me to begin to believe in new possibilities and to dream! So leaving the lies of the past behind and moving forward makes it easier to stay on track. I believe I am capable of so much more and have proven this by running 5 km runs now even though I'm well into my fifties and becoming a motivator to others including fitness instructors. There is so much strength in what we believe.

Are you building your tool kit or building your library of resources? Truly your tool kit or library will make the challenges of staying on track in the healthy lifestyle easier.



  
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CINDYAST 11/21/2014 5:29PM

    emoticon emoticon Two thumbs up! great blog!

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 11/21/2014 3:52PM

    Great blog and wonderful tools that are working for you!

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PATTISTAMPS 11/21/2014 1:41PM

    You are so right! Falling off the wagon happens, but it is easier somehow to get back on when you have Spark support! Thanks for this thoughtful blog!

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NASFKAB 11/20/2014 11:04PM

  awesome great blog

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ROX5CAR 11/20/2014 8:14PM

    Well said Maria!!

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FANCYSIMAGES 11/20/2014 7:20PM

    Love it! Isn't it great to take a minute and realize just how lucky we are to have such great tools at our fingertips?

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KALANTHA 11/20/2014 7:16PM

    What a GREAT blog! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!

Bravo!

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TAMMYINPA 11/20/2014 7:14PM

    Great blog!!

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STORMWATCHER3 11/20/2014 5:50PM

    emoticon blog! Great insight! You inspire me to try running again! Thank you for sharing!

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Super Hero Strength

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Blog about a time you exhibited super hero strength (mental or physical) you didn't know you possessed until you had to use it. This is part of my Weekend Challenge for the BLC26 Challenge.

It's now late Monday evening and I'm ready to write about a super hero strength. Why the delay? I don't consider myself a super hero but that's not what I'm being asked. I don't think of myself easily as one with super hero strength. I'm just an average person who doesn't like to draw attention to myself. Somehow in my mind, super hero strength implies someone who is centre stage and in the fore.

Determined to get my 200 points for the challenge I've thought long and hard and decided to write about what I do believe to be a super hero strength I experienced when I changed to my new healthy life style three years ago. It's a strength which not only changed my thinking but changed my life.

Just over three years ago I decided to join a gym for the first time in my life. Now those of you who have known me at Spark for some time will no that never in my life have I been an athletic person of any kind. Getting myself to the gym for the first time was no small feat but I did get there.

It was at this little women's only gym that I discovered a super hero power I never knew I had. Before the gym attendant was going to train me on the circuit she wanted me to warm up 10 minutes on one of the cardio machines. The elliptical being the only piece of equipment available was where I found myself. Yikes! At this point in my life I can only describe myself as a couch potato and you guessed it. One minute on the elliptical was already too long for me but I had to persist. I determined to try for another minute as I counted the seconds passing ever so slowly. My body cried out to stop. I pushed and pushed more than I knew I could. I pushed and pushed harder than I ever had in my life. I got through that second minute and into my third. How? I don't know for sure other than some super hero power. Oh, I didn't make the 10 minutes; not anywhere near 10 minutes but that super power taught me a life changing lesson.

I had never pushed myself so hard physically and now I knew what it was like to push that wall. I didn't hit the wall and stop dead in my tracks but I pushed it. Oh I pushed. I learned that I was capable of so much more physically than I ever believed I was capable of. My curiosity was spiked. If in just those three minutes I accomplished what seemed the impossible, what else was I capable of? I had a goal. I had a goal to discover what more I was capable of because of that super hero power which had been unleashed.







  
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CINDYAST 11/5/2014 9:41PM

    emoticon emoticon Shazam! You are a super hero! lol! To be serious though, I totally understand. For me, just going to the gym that first time was sooo hard. You're doing great!!! If they had a SparkPeople cape for a goodie, I'd send you one! emoticon

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RONI122 11/4/2014 10:25PM

    You are capable of doing anything you put your mind to! Way to go Maria!

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ROX5CAR 11/4/2014 2:20PM

    emoticon This is amazing!!! SO true! what a great push!!! You are definitely a super hero!!!

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PATTISTAMPS 11/4/2014 11:14AM

    You are a super hero - pushing beyond your perceived limits is what makes us all heros! I'm proud to be your Spark Friend!

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TAMMYINPA 11/4/2014 8:54AM

    Thanks so much for sharing.

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MAWMAW101 11/4/2014 7:33AM

    Wonderful blog! emoticon

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BECCA315 11/4/2014 7:01AM

    Great!!

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ROXYZMOM 11/4/2014 6:55AM

    ....And your internal super hero was born!
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NASFKAB 11/4/2014 2:20AM

  great blog so well put you can do it

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Rebounding From a ďterrible, horrible, very bad, no good day.Ē

Monday, October 13, 2014

How does one plan for getting back on track after a bad day when one bad day might look so very different from another bad day? What turns a good day into a bad one? Does a bad day begin when I make a poor food choice? What about when I choose to ignore my fitness plan and stay on the couch instead? Perhaps a bad day begins when I get up and already know my resistance to temptations is way down. I may not have made the wrong choices yet but my emotions are such that I know they will strongly influence my choices of the day. Then there are the days which you wake up strong, make the right choices and it all falls apart when youíre about ready to celebrate a successful day. Oh, it happens.

Our weekend challenge for BLC26 asks us to share how to get back on track after a bad day. With so many different aspects as to what constitutes a bad day there isnít one simple way to getting back on track after that terrible, horrible, very bad, no good day. There just isnít.

Just because there isnít a simple answer makes it sound like itís just much easier to give up but thatís not the case in my opinion. Giving up is not an option and so the first thing I must do is realize that choosing the wrong foods, missing an exercise session, letting my emotions lead my choices or binging at the end of a day does not make me a failure. When allowing myself to believe Iím a failure it just leads to throwing in the towel because then this time around isnít any different from other attempts to reach goal weight when I just failed and went back to poor habits because it was easier. No, itís important to believe that this time is and will be different.

Accepting that youíre not a failure means itís time to take action. In order to move forward from a horrible day means I have to make a conscious decision to get back in the saddle as soon as possible because one bad day can so easily lead to another and then another. Remember, I donít want this to be like my last attempts to reach goal weight. I have to get up on both feet and move forward.

It wasnít that long since Iíd had a so very good day before that ďno good dayĒ so now I need to remember what that very good day looked like. On that very good day, I planned my meals and snacks. Those foods were tasty, satisfying, and left me feeling well and not sluggish, blotted and just plain gross. Keeping that in mind I go back to planning and ensuring I have the foods I need for that plan in the house and on hand. What about that bad day that didnít include and fitness because I just couldnít get moving? I need to remember back to how often I didnít feel like exercising, went anyways, and ended up working out much longer than I planned or expected. I have learned that getting started is often the hardest part of the workout so get started, get the engines revved with a commitment for a short, doable workout. I might just surprise myself with what I accomplish.

As I take steps in the right direction once again, I must remember to celebrate. Celebrate each step, however small it may seem, because each step of each day will lead to the final goal. By celebrating the small steps, I can avoid becoming overwhelmed with the big goal so far in the future. Believe me, getting back in the saddle quickly after a terrible day is no small feat. Successfully getting back in the saddle is worth a celebration any time!

Believing in my success, choosing to get back in the saddle quickly, and committing to a plan despite my emotions is moving in the direction of a fabulous, fantastic, wonderful, very good day.

  
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ANNIESADVENTURE 11/13/2014 2:03AM

    This reminds me of something motivational I read in The Spark. The most successful Sparkers are the ones who get right back up when they fall and resume the healthy lifestyle they have laid out for themselves.

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CINDYAST 10/17/2014 8:14AM

    We all have days we just want to go to bed, pull up the covers and hide. Which honestly, would be better than my tendency to eat the house down! lol! Wishing you more very good, wonderful, fun filled, awesome days ahead! You CAN do it!!!!

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 10/13/2014 10:49PM

    I LOVE this blog; you have expressed your thoughts so well, and I can relate to them completely. Let's celebrate all those steps, both small and big, together!
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PATTISTAMPS 10/13/2014 11:38AM

    You are so right - it is so important to jump back in after one of those days! And really... one day will not hurt your efforts in the long term. You have NOT failed. You just made a choice that wasn't in your own best interest. So what??? Just do what your dog does... give yourself a good shake, and go back to it! We CAN do this!!!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/13/2014 9:21AM

    What a great blog and so helpful - thanks!

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RONI122 10/13/2014 9:06AM

    I love your way at looking at the day! Slow and steady wins the race Maria! We can do this together!

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ROXYZMOM 10/13/2014 8:48AM

    Maybe look at your perspective on what is easier???
I find it easier to preplan and pick my meals and to be on track. Not doing it creates turmoil on my mind and soul.

Just a thought...

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 10/13/2014 8:12AM

    I have decided that I don't have bad days. I have days when I might have made poor choices, but this adventure is comprised of many small journeys that sometimes end in detours. I turn around, or I take the detour and get back on the main road. Sometimes those detours lead to some beautiful scenery.......some wonderful thoughts.... along the way so I'm learning to embrace even those.

We've got this!!!!!

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RASPBERRY56 10/13/2014 6:49AM

    Everyone has their own criteria for what makes a "bad day" - like the old saying goes, "your mileage may vary"..........and that's a great thing, since who wants to live in a world where everyone conducts their day-to-day activities in one way and one way only? Boring at the least, and potentially harmful at worst........

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NASFKAB 10/13/2014 1:45AM

  keep at it you WILL do it

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Capable of More Than I Realized....

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

What have I accomplished over this last year? That's the question I need to answer in today's blog for the "in between" BLC challenges team challenge. One of our team members set up a challenge for any of us Mocharitas who wanted to participate while we await the start of the next round in September.

So what have I accomplished over the last year? It's not easy to answer that question because I am now in my third year here at Spark and one year runs into another so what exactly I accomplished this year isn't easy to identify. Besides some of what I accomplished this year was built on from the previous year.

What have I accomplished then? This past year I have kept off 55 of the 75 lbs I had lost. Now how is that an accomplishment you might ask. If you do the math that translates into a 20 lb gain. Yes, that it does. I know exactly when I picked up the twenty pounds back in December. No, I haven't given up on working towards my goal weight but I'm okay with the fact that I am where I am. That's a big accomplishment because you see in the past I would have long ago thrown in the towel. I would have not just gained the 20 lbs but I would have eaten myself back to my former weight and then some. You know the drill... I have shown myself that I can maintain, get myself back on track, and know I'll arrive at my goal weight.

I may be a bit heavier than last year this time but I know I am stronger. Fitness is part of my lifestyle. I know with confidence that I will get my workout in whether it be morning, noon or evening. I'll even get my fitness in when I'm away from home. Now that's an accomplishment. It's just second nature to ensure I've packed my swim wear, walking shoes, and exercise clothes when I head out of town. I've even been known to hunt down the local pool schedule to find out when their fitness classes are. I know I'm stronger because I walk, run, and swim faster and lift more weights than ever before. I am fit and that counts for a lot more than the number on the scale.

Though when packing my suitcase is heavier from the fitness gear I can pack lighter when it comes to medications. I no longer take my blood pressure medications or my cholesterol medications. If that isn't proof that I am fitter then I don't know what is.

Finally, I have learned what 10 lbs looks like on me. That might sound like an odd accomplishment but it truly is. Before I only ever saw myself as heavy, heavier, or heavier. So when I lost weight I was always just heavy yet anyways and what's 10 lbs or 20 lbs then? No big deal because I didn't see the difference in the mirror. It's all just heavy. Now I get what 10 lbs and yes, even, 20 lbs looks like on me. Like I said perhaps an odd accomplishment but it helps me stay motivated.

Focussing on what you've accomplished makes you realize how much you are capable of. If I'm honest, I'd say it makes me realize that I am so much more capable than what I ever expected I could be. I am surprised by what I've accomplished these last 2 1/2 years. I do wonder what more I am capable of. Admittedly, last night I checked a 10 km training schedule. Mmmm...not sure what to make of that yet.

Look at your accomplishments; however big or small. Celebrate them. Overcome your biggest obstacle. Believe in yourself because you are capable of much more than you realize.









  
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CINDYAST 8/6/2014 10:16PM

    You're doing great Maria!! You should be proud of yourself!
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JINLYNN 8/6/2014 4:32PM

    emoticon You have come a long way Maria! I love how you have chosen to focus on the positive and all that you have accomplished! Well done!

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FANCYSIMAGES 8/6/2014 2:33PM

    emoticon Such great accomplishments! Strength is definitely a big part of it!

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PATTISTAMPS 8/6/2014 10:19AM

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for this blog! Yes! I had a regain a couple of years ago - lost 40, quit Spark and regained 20. I have been working on that 20 - and then need another 50, but however slowly it is coming off. I am only 7 pounds away from where I was when I quit. And fit??? Yes, I am so much more fit! Although I was going to the gym then, and used a personal trainer, I was strong, but I didn't do enough cardio. Now I am doing 30 or more minutes 5 or more times a week - and it really does show! 57 pounds overweight is not a small amount. I realize this. But every single pound lost is a victory and puts me closer to goal. And I am grateful!

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JMOUSE99 8/6/2014 10:07AM

    Wonderful! Your blog made me feel much better about the 10+ lbs I gained back (and I'm in the process of losing again). emoticon

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NASFKAB 8/6/2014 9:16AM

  awesome attitude inspiring blog thanks

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MIRAGE727 8/6/2014 8:32AM

    You're definitely in a healthy lifestyle mind! I know from experience. I also know the joy of realizing what's within! Stay strong and keep embracing those challenges. There's a lot more greatness out there! Rock on!
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NILLAPEPSI 8/6/2014 8:29AM

    You've come a long way, Baby! Keep it going!! emoticon

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BECCA315 8/6/2014 8:27AM

    Great blog!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/6/2014 7:43AM

    Great attitude!

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MARYDSAN 8/6/2014 6:55AM

    What a positive attitude, and so true!

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Progress? Me? Making Progress? What Progress?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When it comes to the scale I have been stuck in a slump for some time now. So when I first read that I was being asked to write a blog about some progress I had experienced during the BLC25 I felt like I'd smacked right into a wall. I feel like I haven't any right to claim progress when I look at the scale.

But wait! The first week of this challenge we were asked to complete a fitness test and we were now redoing the test as part of the final Weekend Challenge. So tonight I went off to the gym to do my fitness test. Admittedly, it was rather half heartedly because I just didn't feel very positive about it.

Once there I decided I was going to give it my best despite my attitude when I left home because I am slightly competitive and had some numbers to improve. I had no idea anymore what those numbers were. So I set to getting my one mile walk/run, 1 minute of crunches, 1 minute of push ups, and 3 minutes of step ups on a 12 inch step completed. When done I did feel rather accomplished just having completed the test.

The biggest surprise was yet to come when I got home to enter my stats for the test and discovered I had improved considerably. Here are the results:
Test/ First Results/ Today's results
1 mile walk/run/ 15 minutes/ 11 minutes 55 sec.
1 minute crunches/ 34/ 47
1 minutes push ups/ 16/ 31
Step up Heart Rate/ 128/ 118
I am stronger! I am fitter! I have made progress! I will continue to make progress!

Progress isn't always measured by the scale. Have you experienced progress this last week, this last month, these last few months? Recognize it, celebrate it, and share it. I'd love to hear your story about how you are progressing.

  
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EGRABAL 7/27/2014 8:17AM

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CINDYAST 7/23/2014 11:28PM

    Oh yeah! You're improving and getting fitter every day! Whoo hooo!!!!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/22/2014 9:41PM

    That is wonderful!!! I'm so proud of you.

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JINLYNN 7/22/2014 6:39PM

    emoticon Progress!!

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BABYSTEPS123 7/22/2014 2:16PM

    Amazing results Maria!! So glad you did the tests and saw the results. Pretty motivating, I'd say! emoticon

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MARYDSAN 7/22/2014 12:50PM

    Those are awesome results! Keep up the good work.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/22/2014 10:50AM

    Congratulations! You are doing GREAT!!! Yes, the scale only reflects one piece on information, and not necessarily the most important one! WOO HOOO!! emoticon

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JSPIN74 7/22/2014 10:44AM

    there it is...progress! go you!

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FITMARY 7/22/2014 10:15AM

    Yee haw! Great blog, great progress!
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NASFKAB 7/22/2014 9:19AM

  N S V are just as important as losing pounds

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NILLAPEPSI 7/22/2014 7:39AM

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Way.To.Go!!! emoticon

Even if you don't see the scale moving, there is still a lot of stuff going on "behind the scenes" that you can't see.

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ROXYZMOM 7/22/2014 7:21AM

    I knew you could do it!
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MLH148 7/22/2014 6:58AM

    Wow! See, the scale is a small part. emoticon

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CHERIONE 7/22/2014 6:03AM

    Progress! Yay you!

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