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Planning The Steps Ahead

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It's been quite awhile since I've blogged, let alone been 'sparking'.

I'm not going into details about the 'why', but I will say I went through an extremely stressful time from the end of August until the beginning of September. I was not sleeping or eating properly, was anxious and felt an uneasiness I've never experienced before in my life. I lost 10 lbs easily because I was barely eating. Although it was nice to have baggy pants, it didn't matter because other things in my life were in jeopardy.

Right now I am in the process of slowly putting myself back together. I gained the 10 lbs back due to eating too many Christmas cookies and sweets. I'm trying to not be hard on myself about that.

What matters is the HERE and NOW. The PLAN for my future and HOW I am going to REACH my GOALS!

I did not make a resolution list for 2014. I did not write anything down because I have been wanting to get healthy, fit, toned, lean and feel better about myself for a long time now. I know what I need to do. I do not look forward to trying to give up sweets, treats, trying to keep track of food intake and exercising in the bitter cold of winter. I know it takes work, commitment, focus, strength and a positive attitude. My downfall is that I need to muster all of this out of me somehow and I don't know how.

I'm going to try. I'm going to keep trying. I'm not giving up. I'm going to remember that I am human, make mistakes and learn from them. The difference this time around is that I'm going to try to make all those things I don't look forward to and turn them into things I enjoy. Maybe even make them habits that I don't mind so much anymore. One. Step. At. A. Time.

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ELISADENK 1/23/2014 6:44PM


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CANDOK1260 1/23/2014 5:25PM

    You can do this

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JMAHNKEN 1/23/2014 4:22PM

    You got this, there are a lot of people here that will be behind you on it.

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MYTHMYTH 1/22/2014 10:13PM

    Hope that you will be able to make healthy habits part of your daily life. emoticon

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GRAMMIEOFTWO 1/22/2014 7:03PM

  It sounds like you are on a mission. Good luck.

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*Free* Downloadable 1-Week Meal Plan

Friday, August 02, 2013

I stumbled upon a blog this evening called Exercise & Beyond. The blog owner is offering a printable 1-week meal plan in .pdf format and wanted to share it with everyone here on SparkPeople. Hope you find this helpful! Enjoy! emoticon

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JJ4493 8/6/2013 12:19AM

    Always browsing for more meal plan ideas! Thanks for sharing the link!

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GSPEIRS 8/4/2013 2:15AM

    Thanks for Sharing! I'm going to check this out.

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SPARKLECHANGE 8/3/2013 12:14AM

    Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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BLC22 - Day 54 ~ Love Letter

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Part of this weekend's challenge is to write myself a love letter. I am to list everything that I emoticon about myself. And why not? We're always focusing on the features or things we dislike about ourselves, so why not give ourselves a boost by focusing on the positive for once! emoticon

First and foremost in my life right now, I am a mother. I help my children whenever possible. Whether it's a situation with friendships, difficulty with homework, teaching life skills (house cleaning, common sense, etc.), respect for others and their selves, and of course punishments for those things that are uncalled for (hitting/fighting with sister.)

I volunteer with children when I can. Through church or Girl Scouts I connect with kids and enjoy helping and guiding them and most times they enjoy the connection they have with me.

I am a wife who does her best to keep a clean and organized home. Although not where I would like it to be on most days, I feel I do the best I can with all of the obstacles thrown my way (especially here of late!)

I am a trustworthy person and a loyal friend. I do not tolerate lying and therefore that is definitely not one of my traits.

I am very responsible when it comes to finances. I do our family's bills and this keeps me in check when I go shopping, since I know what we have to spend, what bills need to be paid down, etc.

I'm a decent, loving and dedicated person who sometimes gets down on herself too much.
Focusing on the positives can help me pull myself out of the doldrums and get back to the work that needs to be done on myself. Remembering this the next time I am down can be a tool in getting me back on track and I hope to use this in the future.

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MYKIDSRSWEET 7/28/2013 3:19PM

    Sounds like you are a wonderful person who deserves to be loved!

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KATI5668 7/28/2013 12:06PM

    Great blog...excellent assessment of the wonderful person you are!!

It is indeed hard..our society pushes women to be "less" ..they say it is not that way..

however reality is..women who are leaders are seen as "bossy"..& it goes on.

no wonder we tend to mask our bright lites & not let them shine!

You put forth some great things about yourself..keep that positive flowing!!

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COOLMAMA11 7/28/2013 11:49AM

    Great letter, full of positives, it is funny how we find it hard to be kind to ourselves, I wonder why, because we are kind to everyone else. A hard letter to write emoticon


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BLC22 - Day 46 ~ Mid-Challenge Reflections

Saturday, July 20, 2013

It's hard to believe that the BLC22 Challenge is 1/2 way over. Part of this weekend's challenge is to reflect on the previous 6 weeks - Be honest with yourself, what did you do well, and what could use some work.

As I began writing this blog I was interrupted by my 10 year old. My daughters are making clay figures from a book they borrowed from the library and they've run out of clay. So I look in our art supplies and there's no more. I tell them we will get more, but not today. I hadn't even written a full sentence in this blog post yet when I had to stop.

This is my life every day. I'm constantly giving time to others and have difficulty carving out time for myself. Granted, this has gotten better as the years go by. My daughters are now 10.5 and 6.5. There are days where I will say "I'm working out now, please don't interrupt me until I'm done." Sometimes that works, other times not so much.

I also have had the unpredictability of a new job I've been training for at my bosses home. It has been inconsistent and slow-going. This will hopefully get easier when my daughters go back to school.

Lastly, I rely on my elliptical as my major source of cardio and it was stuck at resistance level 10 for a good portion of this challenge. It is functioning now, so I hope I can keep up my motivation to get on it and keep building up my stamina.

Those few points are my inconsistencies. So now, for my honest to goodness reflection of what I've done well with and not so well with up until this point.

The Good:

-I've enjoyed the challenges I've participated in. I've enjoyed discovering new strength training exercises that I can incorporate into my usual routines.

-I've been drinking more water than I previously was before the challenge began.

-I've been using MyFitnessPal to track my meals on my Kindle Fire and I enjoy it more than the SP tracker, so I am doing better with tracking what I eat.

- I've been mindful of evening and night time snacking, but have come to the conclusion that I do have to eat evening snacks or my stomach hurts either at bedtime or during the night, which interrupts my sleep and then I wake and eat something I shouldn't.

-I've weighed myself consistently every Wednesday.

Areas I Need To Improve Upon:

- I need more meal and snack ideas. My husband is the one who cooks dinner and I somehow need to become more involved so our family as a whole can start to eat healthier. One example is that I bought kale last week and he still hasn't made it because he doesn't know what to do with it and his preconception is that it is going to taste horrible.

- I need to find foods that better coincide with my digestive issues.

-Digestive issues have held me back a few weeks during this challenge. It gets very depressing and also makes me angry.

-I need to have more of a set time for exercise. Right now that has been difficult with the inconsistency of my job schedule. I guess I just need to go with the flow on this until school starts up again.

-I've not been a good socializer on my team thread. Time to sit down and type out conversations has not been on my side.

-I've been forgetful about posting on my tracking thread on time. I get so mad at myself for this.

So looking forward I will try to reconcile my faults and do better. I have a wonderful partner from the Crimson Butterflies Team, named Sam, who is very encouraging and understanding. I am very grateful for our online friendship emoticon The future holds promise and I plan on making it better that the past has been. emoticon

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MYTHMYTH 7/21/2013 11:11AM

    It's not easy finding "me" time when there are lots of times when your family needs you - and who could pass up making clay figures anyway! Your blog reminds me of times when my kids were little and I would be on the floor doing yoga - for about 5 minutes before my son or the dog would start crawling on me. So much for the exercise!

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/21/2013 5:04AM

    You got through the blog! ... even with the distractions. yay! :)
It seems you are becoming more aware that in order to do this you need to carve out me time. It may take a while to set things up, but you can get there. Is there a way you can get the family involved? So they will become more supportive and integrate it all in to all your every day lives!

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COOLMAMA11 7/20/2013 3:48PM

    Enjoyed your blog, seems we all have such a busy life, but still find a little time for are doing so great, keep up the good work!

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DEQUINTA 7/20/2013 2:35PM

    emoticon You have put onto words what so many of us feel at different times,
thankyou for sharing! You have already made giant steps by hanging in there when it has not been easy.
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BLC22 - Day 38 ~ It's Work!

Friday, July 12, 2013

WoW! Day 38 of BLC22 already! emoticon I honestly can say I have not been trying my hardest all 38 of those days. Maybe 1/2 of those days. I need to be present, aware and putting my best foot forward as much as possible. I know this.

I also know that I have some physical challenges that hold me back from giving my all every single day. This is even more of a reason to do my best on the days that I feel well, so that I don't beat myself about not exercising on the days that I feel ill. I know I need to keep up my motivation and focus on my goals. I know what needs to be done. Most days it is finding the energy, motivation, drive and time to do what needs to be done.

There is a quote I found from someone on SP that says "Have A PLAN, Not A WISH List!" and that has been in my SP signature for quite awhile now. It is there as a reminder to me that if I do not plan, I usually fail. Wishing the pounds away is a dead end. We all know this. We also know that it took time to pack on those pounds, so it is going to take time to take them off. There is work involved, not wishing. Exercise, planning healthy meals & snacks, having will power, staying focused, pulling yourself out of a depression when you've failed-----WORK!


1. exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.
2. something on which exertion or labor is expended; a task or undertaking: The students finished their work in class.
3. productive or operative activity.
4. employment, as in some form of industry, especially as a means of earning one's livelihood: to look for work.
5. one's place of employment: Don't phone him at work.

So from here forward, pledge to yourself, your team mates, your future you, that you WILL WORK for this new & improved you. emoticon

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DEQUINTA 7/13/2013 10:43AM

    emoticon well said, i think you summed up what holds me back so much, emoticon emoticon emoticon just trying to wish the weight and health problems away instead of addressing the problems and working toward solutions!

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HARRIET8AL 7/13/2013 9:08AM

    Someone on the Butterfly team told me last round "Start where you are and do what you can". That has been my mantra everyday. I have back & hip & shoulder issues that wax & wane but each morning I evaluate myself and start where I am. I Love your Quote "have a plan, not a wish list". I'm trying to make a plan each morning and revising it as necessary. As long as we keep moving, we are accomplishing something.

Good Luck- I'm a work in progress too :-)

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LYNNIERN 7/13/2013 9:00AM

    Great blog. I have really wrapped my head around the work in progress notion and it has helped me so much during this challenge. I just want to be better today than I was yesterday. Good luck with the rest of the challenge.

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MYTHMYTH 7/13/2013 8:35AM

    Soooooooo true! A good reminder for all of us!

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LCDM83 7/13/2013 7:36AM

    Well said! Love the quote.

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WAY2GOCAT 7/13/2013 3:02AM

    It definitely takes work, but we are worth it! emoticon emoticon

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GRACIEC 7/13/2013 1:13AM

    WORK is right! Why does it have to be so hard! (sigh) Hang in there!

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KMRJPR 7/13/2013 12:06AM

    I enjoyed your spoke to me as I face similar challenges. Thanks for sharing yours with us!

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JENNIW29 7/12/2013 11:27PM

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Good luck on your journey through the rest of BLC22!

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KAYMOM 7/12/2013 11:09PM

    I fall into the trap on non-motivation way too often and need to find a way to fight it! Consistency is definitely the key! I keep trying to remind myself!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 7/12/2013 10:44PM

    Amen sister.. this journey is not easy.. if you're not uncomfortable.. if you're not sweating.. if you're not pushing yourself.. you're not changing..

Love this quote:
“Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something others are unlikely to do, because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone.” – Seth Godin

You can do it! That's the cool thing.. ."it" isn't just for one type of person... it's for ANY person who will put the work in...


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COOLMAMA11 7/12/2013 10:13PM

    Yes indeed we are all a "work in progress, I seem to have too many days of pain, slows down the process considerably, but will not give in. Keep on Keeping on that's my Motto lol great blog! emoticon

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KATYDID412 7/12/2013 10:11PM

    It is work. You are so right! I finally am more willing than not to put the work in. And equally important for me, to take responsibility when I either don't put in the time, or when I make unhealthy choices.

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HEALTH4LYFE 7/12/2013 10:02PM

    We are all a "work in progress" and the biggest room is "room for improvement." Thanks for posting your blog. Needed to read it this evening to help stop the downward spiral. Have been doing really well until last night! Removing the all or none mentality as one day does not destroy all the work thus far.

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