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getting into a routine

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I have been trying so hard to stay on track. So far, so good. Getting into a routine is the best thing for me. Always tracking my food, eating when I'm hungry not bored etc...

It's hard coming back. I really thought I had this beat but now I realize I just can't "let go". I am trying to stay focused and not get angry at myself anymore. What's done is done and I have to move forward.

I am trying to calculate how much weight I can lose by certain events coming up. At the end of March I am going to S.Carolina to spend time with my family for Passover. There will be family I haven't seen in several years and I hope to be down at least 10 lbs by then. I know I'm on the right track.

Wish me luck!! After that, my birthday in May, I hope to be down at least another 5 or 6. I lose so slowly but it's a good goal!

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    I think small goals are the best that way I don't feel like I am such a failure if I don't make the goal I set.

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GIRLINMOTION 2/11/2010 8:40PM

    I know I have to use the tracker, and do a minimum of 10 minutes of cardio a day or it will be too easy to get off track. I know it is extra work, but it is worth it.


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ASHLEEWEBART 2/11/2010 11:03AM

    I agree with you that getting back to using the Nutritional Tracker and the Fitness Tracker each day will help.
Good luck on the weight loss. I am also hoping to be weighing lighter by the time of a special event, but I have no idea if my can meet any particular goal by that date, because I am still trying to adjust my food intake, and increase the fitness minutes .

So I hope for good results for both of us.

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A_WIKA 2/11/2010 10:57AM

    keep it up! u can do it!

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LSCHULER72 2/11/2010 10:57AM

    I think your goal is realistic. Getting into a routine is one of the hardest things for me, as a teacher, because when summer hits, the routine is out the window! But you're right, tracking everything is part of it and such an important one at that. I wish you much success in your journey!

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A great week

Monday, February 08, 2010

I have worked hard this week. I have tracked almost everyday (missed yesterday but will explain). Since I can't exercise yet I am even more aware of what I eat and staying within range.

I was rewarded with a two pound loss this week! I really am happy and trying very hard to keep my chin up and not get upset about how much more I have to go to just get back to where I was. 2 pounds is a great start and it does motivate me. It's all coming back to me and I know I can do this!! Yay!

As for yesterday, wow.....

I spent the entire day with my son at his wrestling tournament. One hour there, 10 hours in the gym, an hour drive home. Looooog day. The good thing is that I was really prepared. I brought things to eat like fruit and low calorie snacks and lots of water. (I spent a great deal of time in the bathroom LOL - but it was a great excuse to get up and move around!).

The great thing about the day was MY SON WON!! Not only did he qualify for the state championships, he came in first and won his entire weight group!! The last match was really hard for him too because the other kid that was up for the top spot was one of his teammates and a good friend!! Both kids were upset they had to match each other but took it in stride and did their best!! They actually tied and had to go to sudden death (first take down won). My son did win but this other child was great. The good news is that he qualified too for state. Let's hope they don't pit them against each other again!!!

I'm off to work. My son is still asleep. We both went to bed last night at 9 o'clock. I still don't know who won the superbowl but I'm looking it up now.

Have a great week all my spark people friends. You all are the greatest!

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GIRLINMOTION 2/8/2010 8:41AM

    How exciting for your son! That is wonderful that you were there too to share the special moment.

Congratulations on the weight loss too.


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FITN2014-TSP 2/8/2010 7:28AM

    Congratulations to you and your son. Best wishes for another great week. emoticon emoticon

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MERRYWON 2/8/2010 7:09AM

    Congratulations to your son! and congratulations for tracking your food. I tracked all week except yesterday and that is because I overate and that is not a good thing!

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Thank you

Saturday, February 06, 2010

I have always loved this place but this past week has showed me why I'm here.

I would love to just say thanks to everyone that gave me so much needed support and you should all know how much it helped. Sometimes we just get down and really need that helping hand to grasp on to.

My SparkPeople friends are the best!!! Thank you all!

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DARLENEK04 2/7/2010 8:19PM

  We have to be here for each other. Hope things are getting
better for you.


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GIRLINMOTION 2/6/2010 10:09AM

    It is for sure a great support system. It is calorie free, open 24/7, it is free, yet priceless.


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Thursday, February 04, 2010

It's many months since I have written anything here. It has been a difficult time for me and I've gained a great deal of weight back. It's very hard to not beat myself up over this. I looked so great and was so close to my goal, I just get very angry at myself for allowing this to happen.

The good news (if there is any) is I have not gained it "all" back. I have been tracking everything I eat and really am shocked at how those calories mount up so very fast. This is important for me, it keeps me honest and on track. I am down a pound and a half already this week.

I wish I could exercise but right now I can't. To add to my problems I really haven't been feeling well of late and today I was fitted with a heart monitor that I will wear for the next 24 hours. Next week I have a stress test and an echo cardiogram. I can't imagine anything more fun......

Why should I be stressed? I am a single mom of two difficult teenagers. That alone should be reason for ones blood pressure to go up! Business is also not great. It's stable but not great.

Ok, I've complained enough. I'm back, I'm trying and I'm tracking. It's a start.

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BARCINTL 3/2/2010 10:10AM

    It's hard to start again...don't I know it! But you've done it before, loved it and I'm sure you'll do it again!

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GIRLINMOTION 2/4/2010 10:30PM

    You are not alone regarding set backs. But at least your have control of the reigns and are pulling the horses back on course.

I hope your health issues are nothing serious other than stress of teenagers. I am having the same issue with my son.

Sending out positive energy for a "recovery".

Hugs, Sonia

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KIRSTY1306 2/4/2010 8:28PM

    DO NOT APOLOGISE FOR MOANING! Sometimes its far better to moan to anyone that will listen (which your Spark friends always will) than to make yourself ill by bottling all your feelings and emotions up.
I'm really sorry to hear about the trouble you have been having with your health and business, but i'm sure that with persistence and the right help one or both of these things will get better for you.
Please dont be a stranger to Spark, its full of amazing people who are so kind and will gladly help you through anything and everything.
I hope your hospital appointments are OK and that your results are positive
All the best , and good luck!
Kirb xx

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_RAMONA 2/4/2010 8:10PM

    Welcome back, Lynn! I've not been working my health and fitness plan for the last year, and just re-committed to getting this DONE this year! How about we pull up our 'big girl panties' and move on from here?

Here are some thoughts to get you started:

"I choose to know the truth about myself... no matter how beautiful it is." UNKNOWN

"Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the hell with sugar and spice." UNKNOWN

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, "I will try again tomorrow.""

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense." RALPH WALDO EMERSON

"Promise me you'll always remember... You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (A. A. Milne)


{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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OMELYN 2/4/2010 7:54PM

    Welcome back Gaylynne. Even though I made goal, I never quit checking in here. I went up some, but I think just "talking" to people who are still working helps keep me honest.

good luck, and we'll see you around

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F8CONE8 2/4/2010 7:46PM

    Complaining once in a while is healthy! Hugs to you!

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MELTEAGUE 2/4/2010 6:30PM

    Sending you some spark- encouragement!
One day at a time , and just make small changes and healthy choices! you can do it!

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LIPS2EARS 2/4/2010 6:28PM

    I know that it is difficult when you fall of the horse (I have 3 children myself), the good thing is that you got right back on again. Think positive sweetie, it may take time but you'll get there. Remember, you are not alone in your struggle. Hugz xx emoticon

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SHRIMPCHIC 2/4/2010 6:24PM

    The battle is half way won! The food tracker helps me to. I went on a cruise a few weeks back and gained 3.5 pounds and worked the following week taking it back off! I was in shock to see how easy this was to put it back on quickly. This is a LIFESTYLE change. It's hard for me to. Am I talking to you or to me? Good luck One day at a time!! :o) emoticon

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LUCKYLADY777 2/4/2010 6:19PM

    emoticon You are back home with your Spark Family and people here will support you. We all have our set backs and some of us have major health problems. But, take baby steps and good food choices and smiles will be heading your way.

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ALISONF2 2/4/2010 6:18PM

    It's great that you can look at what you're eating and see what's wrong. That is one really great thing about SP. I never thought I would be one to count calories, but tracking my food is so helpful!

I hope all goes well with you stress test and echo cardiogram!

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Yom Kipper

Monday, September 28, 2009

Today is Yom Kipper. It is the day of atonement. Since it is only my son and I at home now I have decided to do what we have done before. Instead of going to services, we are going to walk around the lake. We will talk about the things that we did or didn't do during the previous year and discuss what we feel were things we should atone for. Then, we will take a pebble and throw it into the water. We are done with that "bad" thing and will move on. Sometimes we even write it in a book but casting the pebble into the lake works really well. It helps to move on.

Since I have been away for several months and gained well over 10 lbs back, I have to get back into the "program". I lost a lb this week. I'm glad it's gone but have to admit that I'm a little disappointed it wasn't just a bit more. Usually the first week we lose the most. Hey, I'll take the pound. It's sure better than gaining one, that's for sure.

Today we fast. I cannot eat until sundown. It's really ok, fasting never bothered me. My son is going to fast today for the first time. He had his Bar Mitzvah this year and is considered now old enough to do this. We'll see how long it lasts.

To all my Jewish friends here I wish you an easy fast. I wish you all a wonderful, happy, healthy new year.


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ELLIE_G 9/28/2009 3:03PM

    that is a lovely tradition - it will stregnthen the bonds you have with your son into adulthood. My son is nearly 8 and was determined to fast for the first time - he lasted until we came back from the morning services and had a banana.


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SUSANEL1 9/28/2009 1:46PM

    This is a wonderful way to spend this Holy Day with your son. May you be sealed for a good year.

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NANCY- 9/28/2009 10:16AM

    That lake walk is a wonderful way to reflect.
Getting back to your program is a great way to start your healthy new year.

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GIRLINMOTION 9/28/2009 10:13AM

    A family's own tradition is always special, especially as our children grow older.

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