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I'm Worth It & So Are You

Monday, November 29, 2010

Yesterday my sister emailed me the following :
"Seeing you helps me know it CAN be done. What's my problem? Why is it so hard for me. I know it was hard for you, but you did it."


This was my response to her:
EVERY DAY I follow Chris Downieís suggestions: exercise 10 minutes EVERY SINGLE DAY (so I started walking for 10 minutes EVERY SINGLE DAY); add one healthy item to your dayís food (like one more vegetable, for example) & each ONE MORE VEGETABLE EVERY SINGLE DAY for a week; eliminate one unhealthy item from diet EVERY SINGLE DAY (like soda, or candy bar, or cookie, etc.) & then the next week, exercise 11 minutes, add ANOTHER healthy food in addition to your first one (so youíre now eating TWO more healthy foods than you did 2 weeks ago) & eliminate one MORE unhealthy food in addition to the first one you eliminated......
If you read The Spark & go over the website, it doesnít have to be each can be once a month, or ďwhen you feel youíre ready,Ē but I didnít want it to take 5-10 years to take off the weight, so I made weekly changes, plus I started enjoying walking so much that shortly after I started walking 10 minutes, I quickly walked 20 minutes, then 30 until eventually it was an hour. And I LOVE good, healthy food, so I made it a point to buy mostly healthy foods so Iíd be cooking nothing but healthy meals & allowing myself a treat a couple times a week. ĎCourse, a treat for me can be a cup of decaf with raw sugar, a little light cream & fat free half & half OR like tonight, I bought a package of windmill cookies (which I LOVE & usually buy once a year), so I entered the nutrients in the food tracker & had 3 of them--total of 170 calories.
The key is to eat at least 80% healthy foods & exercise at least 10 minutes a day & anybody will start to lose weight. That 20% you can eat UNHEALTHY, but you have to enter it in the food tracker. If I have no way of finding out how many calories, etc. it is (almost all packages have that info, but if itís, say, a bakery item where you canít find that info, I wonít eat it). There are just some sacrifices we have to make if we TRULY WANT TO BE HEALTHY! Like maybe give up an hour of TV a night to prepare a delicious, healthy dinner!!!
We have to BELIEVE weíre worth it: that weíre worth the time to decide each weekend what weíre going to eat the next week so we can shop for healthy foods, take them home & then prepare healthy meals. I KNOW Iím fixing salmon with tomato salsa tomorrow along with a squash plus sauteed garlic & spinach and having fresh strawberries & real whipped cream for dessert. IíM WORTH IT to buy that salmon & defrost it; IíM WORTH IT to take the time to make the tomato salsa that will go on top of it; IíM WORTH IT to peel the squash & follow the recipe & make a nice side dish; IíM WORTH IT to take the time to rinse off the spinach, cut up the garlic & saute it in the olive oil (which Iíve measured); IíM WORTH IT to rinse the strawberries & cut them up & know Iíll enjoy them without sugar; IíM WORTH IT to beat the whipping cream, adding a little sifted powdered sugar & vanilla to it for some sweetness..........Do you see where Iím going here???
And if I knew Monday might be a tough day, on Sunday I might cut up the veggies or even make the salsa; I might cut up the squash or cut up the garlic so itíll be ready to go the next day; I could cut up the strawberries.
It took me 2-3 years (or more) to lose this weight, because I was tired of doing it the way I always did day Iíd be a slug & the next I was going to run a marathon! (not really, but you get the point) NOTHING WORKED BEFORE, so I was more than willing & ready to follow the Spark plan & do it slowly. And I learned what everybody else does in SparkPeople: itís not about losing weight; weíre not on diets........weíre learning how to live a healthy lifestyle once & for all; to live life to the fullest at our desired weight through nutrition & exercise.
You can do this.....just like I did. This is the very first time I TRULY felt I was worth it to get healthy & fit. NOBODY was going to tell me I couldnít do it; that there wasnít time for a walk or dinner had to be ready NOW, so Iíd have to quickly throw something together, no matter how many calories it was. Those days are gone.
I still make cornbread (have a small portion rather than 2-3 pieces) or whole grain rolls (I make them smaller so I can have a whole one); I still have butter on them, but I measure a teaspoon, rather than having.......who knows HOW much butter!?!? I still enjoy desserts, but itís usually focused around fruit: strawberries (no shortcake) & cream (which Iíll have 2 tablespoons of), Iíll make an apple crisp or make pumpkin bars or perhaps an egg custard & it might be 2-3 nights a week, rather than a 500+ calorie dessert EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.
So when you feel like pizza, research whatís the healthiest/lowest in calories & fat & have ONE PIECE along with a salad, light dressing & some fruit for dessert. The key is: we can eat almost anything in the just has to be less & it has to be measured. If you buy a pizza at the store, read the nutrition info; if you buy from a chain, get online & get info that way.
Do I LOVE The Cheesecake Factory & their cheesecakes for dessert? Yes!!! Will I ever order a piece of cheesecake & eat it all by myself ever again? I doubt it.....but would I maybe share a dessert with 2 or 3 or 4 other people, having perhaps 2 or 3 bites? ABSOLUTELY!
You can do this! You just HAVE to believe youíre worth it; you HAVE to take the time to plan & prepare meals; you HAVE to learn what it means to exercise EVERY SINGLE DAY; and you HAVE to do these things on days when you donít feel like it.
Thatís when you can walk for ONLY 10 minutes; or defrost some chili or soup & maybe corn bread youíve previously made & frozen & have a salad (which you might have thrown together on Sunday to last the entire week).
YOUíRE WORTH IT; but you TRULY have to believe you are; otherwise, you wonít take the time to get healthy. It IS work; you DO have to think about the food you put in your mouth & the exercise youíll do EVERY SINGLE DAY. But youíre worth it, which is why you CAN do this!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHAWNABABY 11/29/2010 11:53AM

    I love your blog it is so powerful and true.
I put myself on the back burner for 22 years, my kid's came first, then I would take care of me if I had time,which I didn't.
And finally about a year ago I woke up to the fact that I'm worth taking care of, I need to take charge and take care of ME, then I will be able to take care of my family.
I'm eating healthy, exerciseing,and loosing fat, getting healthy again, and I know I'm doing the right thing.

We are so worth it.

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MCJULIEO 11/29/2010 11:19AM

    You're worth it... and so am I!

Thanks for the great exhortation and strategy!

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JORDANADDO 11/29/2010 11:10AM

    So very true and i am realising a little bit more each day how much I am worth it. emoticon on your weight loss and thank you for your words of wisdom.

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KEMEKI3 11/29/2010 11:05AM

    Wow, this blog really speaks to me! I'm one of those people who's just waiting around for things to magically be easier for me, but then I yell at myself because I know they won't get easier on their own and I have to get up and DO something. But I feel like people (ok, me) are so afraid to mandate change in themselves because they think that they'll automatically rebel - but you know what? Sometimes you need to just stop pussyfooting around and MAKE the changes you know you need to make. It's a bit easier said than done, but here's to starting (not trying) just that!

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TARANITUP 11/29/2010 10:59AM

    Great outlook!

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I'm 60 today!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

OMG! Where did the years go? All i know LEAST I found SparkPeople in 2007, before I was REALLY old! emoticon And today, at 60 years young, except for a few sags here & there, I'm in the best shape I've been in, in like........FOREVER!
And if you're younger, be thankful there's a SparkPeople for you, as there wasn't for me even a decade ago. And if you're older.......well, I'm a perfect example that it's NEVER too late to be fit & healthy.
Holidays & celebrations come & go, but we can enjoy them SOOOOOOOO much more when we feel good about ourselves & are healthy, because we are SOOOOOO worth it!!!!

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ASH72461 11/28/2010 4:02AM

  they say you are only as old as you feel
you are doing wonderful
keep on sparking
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MSMANDY205 11/27/2010 6:11PM

  Happy Birthday and thanks for reminding me where I want to be when I reach 60 in a few months! I want to be a fabulous 60, and looks like that's what you've done. Cool and congratulations!

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LUNADRAGON 11/27/2010 5:28PM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/27/2010 5:11PM

    What a celebration! Good for you: to be sixty and healthy and fit and happy!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DBELLE39 11/27/2010 2:23PM

    Happy Birthday to a vibrant & young feeling 60 Year old!!! Age is only a #,it's all about how you feel inside. Enjoy your special day you so deserve it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/27/2010 12:59PM

    Happy Birthday to You!

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/27/2010 11:05AM

    Wonderful! Happy Birthday!
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SPARKLINJEWELLS 11/27/2010 10:29AM

    happy birthday!

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FLOWINGWATER 11/27/2010 10:17AM

    Thanks for the inspiration. You are where I want to be when I'm 60 (and beyond) - HEALTHY, FIT, and FABULOUS!!!

Enjoy your day! Have a great birthday!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RSSSLHB 11/27/2010 9:58AM

    Happy Birthday emoticon emoticon

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MSWEEZER 11/27/2010 8:43AM

    Congrats on being healthy as you enter your 60's. You're only as old as you feel and you are proof that you can be healthy and fit at any age. You make your spark sistas proud!

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JUSTLYLE 11/27/2010 8:37AM

    Happy Birthday from the "ole duffer Skeeter", Hope you have a great day.

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LAURIEANNIE1 11/27/2010 8:30AM

    Happy Birthday to you and keep doing all the things that make you feel younger!!

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MIZPAM25 11/27/2010 8:04AM

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a Great Day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/27/2010 8:05:21 AM

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NETGNAL 11/27/2010 8:02AM

    Happy Birthday. Ever notice as you get older, your perception of "old" changes?

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GARDENCHRIS 11/27/2010 8:00AM

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 11/27/2010 7:49AM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon

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KERANTHOMPSON 11/27/2010 7:48AM

    Happy Birthday

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