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The best part of my Day?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Listening to a friend in need and scheduling a much-needed massage for my husband.

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IDLETYME 5/1/2014 8:53PM

    That was a good day!!!!! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 5/1/2014 7:01PM

    Glad you had a good day!!!

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Help! Help! Help!

Monday, October 14, 2013

I can't seem to stay on program! Question is, why? I've done this program before and had such will power and determination. Now I just feel like a failure. I need to get to the bottom as to why and deal with it.

Reflecting back, I have had a lot of stress in my life; a lot of distractions. We moved from California to Illinois in late July and were supposed to move into the house we purchased on August 16. Turns out my husband got reassigned at work again, right in the middle of the escrow period, so we had to put our house on the market right away and purchase another house in Indiana. He begins work there in November. We have been in temporary/interim living since June. It's crazy! All of our stuff has been in storage then.....I only packed enough for two weeks because we were supposed to move into to the new place. I've had to refurnish an apt and adjust to not having the things I need (like a food scale, body weight scale, for instance). That's the only thing I can think of besides missing all of my friends and family in California. I'm exercising lots (as you can tell by my fitness minutes), but my will power with food is almost non-existent.

Help! And thanks for letting me have venting blog!

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GIGI4AUSTIN 11/8/2013 7:00AM

    Thanks everyone for your support and for letting me vent! I am now moved, getting settled, and back on track with my eating habits. Although I had a little setback with the flu this passed week, I feel like I've regained control and it feels great!

Blessing to all four of you amazing ladies! I'm so thankful for you.

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RENIESSPARKIN 10/23/2013 12:39AM

    Hey, girlfriend. Sounds to me like you need to divide yourself in about four different women and you'd be just right to handle everything you needed to do. Of course, there wouldn't be enough of you for anyone to find. Take a big breath and calm down, my dear. It's almost time to be after the changes. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Luv ya, sweetie,

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AMBERNICHOLE3 10/22/2013 9:50AM

    Can you put anything else on your plate? I am so sorry you are going through all of this..I am here whenever you need a vent session ((hugs))

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WHYNOTJ1 10/14/2013 1:43PM

    Wow, no wonder you are stressed and homesick, Gigi! That is one heck of a lot of adapting under pressure.

Maybe you could brainstorm a few the things you need most to get you back on track with diet. If a cheap food scale and set of measuring cups are what you need, go ahead and buy them for yourself at Target or Walmart--you deserve to have what you need. Maybe you could pay a day fee at a gym or get a short-term membership, so that you can do weekly weigh-ins on their scale.

Perhaps brainstorming some single-serve portable healthy snacks would be useful, too, so you can stock up and have some good stuff on hand.

Are you doing anything to nourish your soul and recharge yourself? I love knitting, but somehow had gotten away from having a knitting project. I'm just setting myself up with one this week after a long hiatus. Can you get a temporary library card and borrow some movies or reserve a museum pass to explore your new area? Oh, this idea just popped into my head: Maybe you can find a local Spark Buddy!

Wishing you all good things! emoticon

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SHIRLA7 10/14/2013 8:32AM

    Hmmmm, talk about stress! I would be in the same boat as you are now! I can see why. I don't like change and you have been through major changes. So sorry!

It's great that you are doing a lot of exercising and right now I don't think you should beat yourself up with the eating. I think once you get settled, have all of your own stuff again and get back into a routine that you will be able to get back on track.

Just do the best you can Gigi. If you need to vent or talk let me know.

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Frustrated, but Determined

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Well, hello's been a few months since my last blog. It's time; time to get back with the program. SparkPeople is a must for me as I have been slacking in my daily logging of food and keeping track of exercise and just staying involved in the SparkCommunity overall. As a result, I have gained back about 14 pounds. That's right, 14 pounds.

I could choose to beat myself up (okay, I have a bit) or I can just pick of the pieces and do this yet AGAIN. That's what I have chosen to do, and I WILL. I vow to. By Christmas my goal is to be back down where I was before at 134 pounds. I was one pound away from reaching my goal weight and I blew it, BIGTIME! Why did I do that? Why did that happen?

Well, life happens......I had a grandchild born in April (the beginning of my downward spiral), then we moved to a different state (transition began in May/June), went on a 7-day cruise vacation this summer, and I got off track; out of the habit of logging, being in the Spark Community, and just doing the things I need to do to maintain.

On my 4 mile run yesterday I gave myself a Pep talk. I know what I need to do and I'm doing it! My husband and I doing SparkPeople together this time. That will help to keep me motivated and on track too.

This program works! I just need to do it ; I can, and I will!


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AMBERNICHOLE3 9/11/2013 2:06PM

    Glad you're back! Youve done it before and I know you can do it again!

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PKBOO3 9/10/2013 4:06PM

    Good to see you back on here. Hang in there and don't give up. For me the secret is tracking my foods. I miss some days, but try to as often as I can.

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TAARON69 9/10/2013 8:20AM

    Yes you can. . . Yes you will!! Keep your head up and you can do it!!!!

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Two Steps Back

Saturday, April 06, 2013

I have been struggling lately, with my diet and exercise, that is. I feel like I have taken two steps backward.

I first had issues where I had no appetite which lasted about a week. Then I went through a phase where I felt like I couldn't get enough carbs. I've been totally swamped working on an Interior Design Project at my church, keeping up with my other ministries, and taking care of our house and home. I love doing it, but find myself not having (or taking) the time I need to plan appropriate and healthy meals and exercise. I really blame myself for that and nobody else. Needless to say, I have been eating poorly; at least compared to usual.

Second, My knee continues to give me problems so I have not been able to run. I am actually afraid to. I am frustrated and I really, really, REALLY miss it too! I was running between 20-25 miles or more per week and now I am down to nothing. Running, to me, was so much more than physical. It was mental, it helped to relieve stress and just made me feel better, not to mention motivated. My fitness minutes over the last two weeks has consisted of heavy house cleaning as a result of Spring cleaning. I guess that is better than nothing, right?

This week I plan to walk at the track with my Grandson and see how the knee does. Maybe walking will strengthen it. I am so fearful that I will injure it so that I will never be able to run again.


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GOLFGMA 4/7/2013 7:51AM

    See a doctor and find out what is going on with the knee. I had an injury (torn meniscus) and kept going on it and made the injury worse until surgery was necessary. This put me out of major physical activity for several months. Just saying - better safe than sorry. Hope all goes well and the knee just needs rest and maybe therapy?

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SLFGOLF 4/7/2013 1:08AM

    Walking is a good way to start back. You definitely don't want to push the knee with running if there is an injury. You are providing a great ministry, but also try to find 30 minutes a day that you can dedicate just to yourself. It is important to give yourself time also.

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KRISKECK 4/6/2013 11:10PM

    Maybe find a orthopedist and make an appointment to see what's going on with your knee? If you really can't run without pain, it might not be a bad idea.

I hope you feel better soon!


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NURSE_DAN 4/6/2013 9:47PM

    You're performing a sacrifice of service, so maybe this thought will make sense. Your ministries can only be fulfilled by YOU. Others may do the actions, but only you can do them as you do. That makes YOU absolutely necessary. So...

Self care isn't selfish when performed for the purpose of sustaining your ministry.

Just a thought.

I will hold you in prayer.

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SPATTE7926 4/6/2013 9:37PM

  Don't let the setback keep you from achieving your goals. Try small steps to get back on track and keep up the motivation. Keep up the good work.

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LORIVIOLA 4/6/2013 9:32PM

    dont give up!

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3 Things I've Accomplished

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Today, Spark Guy (via SparkCoach) encouraged us to write down three things we have accomplished on our new lifestyle journey. I have more than three.......Below are some of my accomplishments that I am very proud of:

1. Trained for and ran my first 5K
2. Trained for and ran my first 10K
3. Lost 33 pounds
4. Went down 8 sizes in clothing (Size 14 to a 6 and sometimes even a 4)
5. Am off all of my anti-depressant and anxiety medications (3 total)
6. Developed an optimistic/positive disposition and attitude
7. Have more energy
8. Have more confidence
9. Handle stress better
10. I drink more water (8-10 glasses daily)
11. Eat more nutritious foods
12. Feel better about myself
13. Feel better overall (mentally, emotionally, physically, etc.)

Thank you SparkPeople!


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SHELLHARR 4/5/2013 10:25PM

  Congrats! Very encouraging. emoticon

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AMBERNICHOLE3 4/5/2013 11:22AM

    Love it!!!!

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PKBOO3 3/26/2013 9:48AM

    I'm proud for you. Keep it up!

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KELLIEBEAN 3/23/2013 8:57PM

    That is beautiful to read. So happy for you! Keep up the great work. You look wonderful!

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ALMIGHTYSWEDE 3/23/2013 6:15PM

    wow well done! emoticon

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RAPUNZEL53 3/23/2013 6:12PM

  These are very impressive accomplishments! Congratulations! You have done very well.

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MBEHNKEN 3/23/2013 6:01PM

    Wow! Good for you.

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