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.you have the power within you.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Last week I made the mental comittment to truly commit to being fit. I exercised every day. Even if it was nothing more than a 10 minute walk; I made sure I moved every single day. I ate healthy. Darn near every meal; darn near every day. Not perfect by any means but I had absolutely no junk food last week with the exception of my 7.5 oz coke that I allow myself daily. And no, I don't count that as junk. That's my morning coffee
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I had no chips; no cookies; no hamburgers; no cups full of Lucky Charms (yes, I would eat that). I ate protein and vegetables and drank lots of water. And you know what the result is today? I'm down 8 lbs from when I first started back; I'm thisclose to being back in the 180's but most importantly, I FEEL GREAT!! I feel stronger and lighter and healthier and happier. I have more energy and I'm sleeping better. It didn't kill me to get out of bed this morning. I did a morning Spark video and am actually looking forward to my walks at work today.

The power is within all of us. We lose it from time to time and we have a bad day or a bad week. But that doesn't have to mean we give up and go back to what we were. It means for a few days we just have to dig a little deeper and find that thing that made us start in the first place. That desire to be healthy and fit. That desire to live a longer life with those we love. And yes, that desire to NOT be the fattest person in the room anymore. Whatever drove you to start Spark in the first place is still there. Don't let a few bad days blow out your flame!

It's Monday. Most of us consider that a clean slate. A do-over. So if you've had some bad days, put them behind you. They're gone and you can't do anything about them. But you can do something about today.

What do you choose?

  
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STRONGMOMMA2014 9/24/2013 9:17AM

    Great job! I am so happy that you are doing and feeling so well!

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REALLY_ROBIN 9/23/2013 3:24PM

  Look at you go girl!!! Way to go on your weight loss!! And your enthusiasm is contagious! Thanks for the Spark today....love it! Hugs...Robin

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LOPEYP 9/23/2013 8:56AM

    Great attitude!! Congrats on your success!

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HOLOGRAM82 9/23/2013 7:11AM

    Love You! This is just what I needed to hear today! I'm starting again! I'm doing it! Let's Go! emoticon emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 9/23/2013 6:21AM

    emoticon Congratulations on your 8 pound release! What a great way to get back on track with such AWE~some results. Keep up your strong momentum! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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GENRE009 9/23/2013 5:40AM

    nice up lifting comments

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.exercise and depression.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Does anyone else find a connection between those 2?

All last winter, up until about May I was going to the gym at least 4 days a week. Going hiking or walking on off days and overall keeping busy. The scale wasn't dropping fast, but it was dropping. But most importantly, I felt great.

Then summer came. I decided we were going to be out and about so much a gym membership was a waste. We had plans for the entire summer so why not use that money for that? And we had a busy summer! If you follow me on FB, you know we were on the go ALL THE TIME! It was one of the best summers of my life. And I wasn't eating a bunch of junk. The occasional hotdog at a ball game or maybe some cotton candy. But those were few and far between. What changed was my exercise routine.

I had myself convinced that because we were always on the move, I didn't have to keep to an actual fitness program. All our running around and doing would take care of that! I couldn't have been more wrong!

Now I can blame a portion of it on my thyroid. If any of you battle (and I do mean battle) hypothyroidism, you know it's a beast. It completely drains you of ALL energy no matter what you do; it makes it next to impossible to lose weight and it increases depression.

So, the end of summer rolls around and once again my thyroid blows up. I see the sun fading, the nights getting shorter and the pounds that I've put on during the summer. I'm tired; exhausted and so very sad. I don't want to get up in the morning and exercise; I don't want to eat better; I don't want to lift weights or do yoga. I just want to curl up in the bed and stay there. Weekends found their way to Netflix marathons instead of hikes and eating Lucky Charms right out of the box. YES, I did it!! It was a vicious cycle. My dr worked hard and made several changes to get my thyroid back in check but by then the damage had been done. I had given up.

Then out of the blue I got an email from an old Spark friend. Well, he's young enough to be my son but you get it. "Just checking in on you......" and I knew, I knew then I had to pick myself up. I was better than this. I KNEW better than this.

I know all the science stuff (doesn't that sound official) about nutrition and exercise and endorphins. I knew I had created my own hell by giving up on exercise and I also knew that only I could dig my way out. It wasn't going to be easy and I did have the choice. Or did I?

See, once you've felt FIT, I don't think you can really settle for anything less. At least not for the long term. And that's where I was. I couldn't just forget about it; I couldn't stay curled up in the bed or on the couch another minute. I knew I had to dig deep and find what it took to move.

Oh man was it slow going at first. It hurt....all over again. It made me winded....all over again. I felt fat and slow and clumsy.....all over again. It sucked. Big time!!! BUT, the one thing I noticed, was I didn't feel sad; I wasn't depressed and I no longer wanted to spend the day in bed or curled up on the couch. The endorphins were starting to kick back in; the metabolism was moving again and I could see the light.

The scale has finally started to move back down again and that's great. I really like that feeling! But I'm starting to feel strong again; to feel fit again and to feel healthy again. I can feel those muscles coming back and seeing a little change in my face. I look at junk food as exactly that....junk. I see my workout clothes in the laundry instead of gathering dust and it makes me smile. Fit feels good!!!

So even though I had a fun, incredible summer doing things I never would have done in the past, I learned a very valuable lesson. Exercise is exactly what it says it is. I can do all the running around and playing I want; and yes, that's good for the body. But at least for me, unless I stick to an actual exercise routine on a regular basis, depression will find it's way in and slowly but surely I'll let fitness and good health slip to the bottom of my priorities and I really won't even care too much.

If you're struggling, if you find it too hard each day to get up 30 minutes early or you're too tired at the end of the day, I challenge you.....no, I beg you. Give it 2 weeks. That's all. Just 2 weeks. Start with 10 minutes a day if that's all you can do. Then add 5 minutes; then 5 more. With everything I have I promise you that at the end of the 2 weeks, like me, you'll wonder why you ever thought you couldn't do it!!

  
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GAYLEP67 9/16/2013 9:34PM

    Well said 1/3, well said. emoticon

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REALLY_ROBIN 9/16/2013 12:23PM

  I'm so happy for you that you made your way back. I have arthritis in my back so if I don't do it I feel miserable. But I know exactly what you mean about how crummy you feel psychologically too. You are awesome lady...keep up the great work!

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MYSTERYROSE74 9/16/2013 10:10AM

    Yes! Fit does feel good, doesn't it? So glad to see you've picked yourself back up and are moving again! emoticon

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CATHIMOMMY 9/16/2013 9:55AM

    Amen sister! THe days I exercise and eat right(or even have a cheat with exercise) I feel alive and energized. Darn thyroid. It should easily be regulated by a tiny pill but isn't healthy living and exercise add to weight loss and feelings of well being!

I attest to that fact!

Keep at it, then when summer rolls around again you'll feel great!

Hugs,
Cathimommy

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STRONGMOMMA2014 9/16/2013 9:49AM

    Glad to see you back and active again! FIT DOES FEEL GOOD! Keep at it lady!


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CANADIANFROG09 9/16/2013 6:52AM

    emoticon blog!

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MAGGIEVAN 9/16/2013 6:37AM

    I agree wholeheartedly thanks for sharing..

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WATERDIAMONDS 9/16/2013 6:30AM

    "... once you've felt FIT, I don't think you can really settle for anything less."

A-MEN!

This is a wonderful blog that I'm going to share with a couple of very important people in my life who also gave up their exercise routines for the summer and suffered serious negative emotional backlash for having done so. What you've done is given me a way to help them reignite their personal sparks, and I am very grateful.

Thank you!

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.well hell.

Monday, August 19, 2013

So last week (well, half of it) was my first week back on Spark. I have decided it's way beyond time for me to get back on track. It's been a tough summer. My thyroid has blown out of control; my diabetes has blown out of control and my arthritis has blown out of control. Now mind you, I've stayed active, been eating right so I really don't know what's caused everything to go haywire. Just my weird genetically flawed body playing tricks with me once again. I had to have surgery on my face last week to have a growth removed and have been dealing with stitches down the side of my face...... just been a tough summer. So last week I decided I would get back on track with Spark. Well I kind of failed at that too.

I got on Spark; that was about it. I didn't eat well; I didn't exercise like I should and I didn't track like I should. So I don't consider that I really got back on Spark. Spark can do SO much more for me than just giving me Spark points and goodies! Spark can help keep me on track; help me to be healthy; help me to be fit. It can encourage me to eat right and exercise; above all it can help me to be healthy. And that's what I need!

The good news is, I guess, when I got on the scale this morning I hadn't gained an ounce. Not one. Schewwww! Dodged that bullet. Now granted, I didn't lose an ounce, but at least nothing came on. So for that I'm grateful.

So now, today, in this pouring rain (yet again) I will work hard this week to use Spark for it's intended purpose. To track and eat right; to get in those fitness minutes and to feel good this time next week when I get on the scale!!!

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HOLOGRAM82 8/28/2013 7:32AM

    Hey, you're getting back into it little by little, and considering everything that's been going on, there's bound to be distractions. Trust me, you are doing great, you had a big weekend full of exercise, so that's gotta count for something.

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REALLY_ROBIN 8/19/2013 11:51AM

  Remember...surgery is no small thing...and you will do better this week! I'm holding up my green smoothie and saying Cheers! to you! Here's to a great week for both of us!

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MLDRLD 8/19/2013 7:10AM

    Welcome back! You have done something special and important; you've taken a a first step. Now add another, then another. Wishing you all the best!

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DMEYER4 8/19/2013 6:39AM

  welcome back. you can do it .first step is taking a step. good luck on your spark journey

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.thrilled and disgusted.

Monday, August 12, 2013

I was very excited to get on the scale this morning and see that I didn't have quite as much weight to lose as I thought I did. As I stated yesterday, my first goal is to get where I was when I REALLY left Spark about a year ago. At that time I was 183.8. I had gotten down as low as 179 but I only held that for a day or two, then I was gone. I held onto 183 for quite a while but then my thyroid went crazy and the weight started coming back up. I am proud to say I never got back over 200 lbs but still.....that 13 lbs. I've got back on feels like a thousand!

So this is where I was at 183. Gosh, I can remember how good it felt and I'm so disappointed in myself that I let it get away from me!



This is where I am today. Now, this is after exercising this morning so the picture does look a little worse than it could, but reality is reality, right??




BUT......here is my transformation picture. The before picture is where I was when I first began Spark in 2010. I was over 240 lbs. and the after picture is where I was at 183 lbs.



With focus, determination and the encouragement of my Spark friends, I know I'll be back where I was in no time! But more than seeing a smaller number on the scale and much more than seeing a difference in how I look, I'm so looking forward to feeling better! To feeling fit; to feeling strong and to feeling healthy!!!

Come join me. It's gonna be an awesome fall!!!

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MYSTERYROSE74 8/12/2013 10:02AM

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Keep up the great work. Thrilled to see you back again.

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GAYLEP67 8/12/2013 7:58AM

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You're off to an amazing start with a morning workout, T! Good for you! I'm really proud of you for getting back on the horse and selfishly very happy to see you back. I missed you!
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ANNSIL33 8/12/2013 7:05AM

    You have got me all excited emoticon
After my weigh in today was so sad always disappointing me

Now I am sure I will take it to the next level I know I will be there emoticon

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HOLOGRAM82 8/12/2013 7:02AM

    You're off to an awesome start Darling! Getting up early and working out emoticon that's the spirit! Have an amazing rest of your day. Happy Monday! emoticon

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.my first goal.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I'm officially starting tomorrow. I'll update with a current picture (ugh) and my current weight (double ugh)

My first goal is going to be to get back down to the weight I was when I left Spark and that was 183.8 and then we'll take it from there. Gracious I can remember how good I felt then and swore that I'd never gain again! I'm back up somewhere around 198. 15 lbs isn't bad when you consider I originally started way back around 240 lbs., but still. All that hard work thrown away.

BUT I also know that I did it once so I can do it again!! Won't you join me??

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REALLY_ROBIN 8/12/2013 12:27PM

  Let's do this!

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HOLOGRAM82 8/11/2013 8:33PM

    I'm with ya all the way! emoticon emoticon

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SMALLERRJNOW13 8/11/2013 7:24PM

  Yes we can!!! (ok a little too much Bob the Builder today.)

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VIPETTE 8/11/2013 7:08PM

    15 pounds is not that bad, it's awesome that you didn't let it get terribly out of control before refocusing.

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