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Loving Myself Challenge: Day 5

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I'm so sleepy guys!

I think I'm going to call it a night pretty early... I'm on call again tomorrow (24 hour shift).

OK, so here we go. :) Today was a VERY productive day for me. I made sure to keep a list and had already checked off my 5 things before 8 am! lol :-D But anyway, I'll try to pick the best ones.

1. I woke up on my FIRST alarm and decided not to keep snoozing for 35 minutes like I sometimes do! emoticon emoticon
2. Because I didn't go back to sleep... I was able to make a DELICIOUS breakfast.
3. I also did an AM workout... Didn't finish the whole thing because I was multi-tasking and had to finish cooking and etc.
4. I got some errands done during work when I had a break!
5. I ate the food I planned to eat today, packed my lunch, and stuck to my plan.

and... I'm having a planned homemade brownie sundae for dessert. :)

OK, Hope you all had a good day! If I weren't so sleepy, I'd write a bunch more... but I'm tired! lol

So I will say, Continue finding the good wherever you can. Even when we mess up we deserve a pat on the back... we are ALL doing the BEST we can (at this given moment)

Hi to my NEW Spark Friends
REBBYREB99 and MANDELOVICH who are along for the ride!!! Let's LOVE OURSELVES guys! We are worth it!

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KAYATLANTA2010 1/23/2013 7:53PM

    emoticon Great job!

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/23/2013 3:35PM

    emoticon , your motivating me!,,,,,no pressure tho,,,,, emoticon

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GONABFIT 1/23/2013 1:37PM

MANDELOVICH - I'm sorry to hear about your husband... but you are SUCH a strong woman and I am REALLY proud that you are taking the time to take care of yourself in this tough situation. You are really doing the best thing for HIM and yourself. You can not give what you don't have... give yourself strength and health and you can give it to your hubby as well. I love your 5 things ;-) Let's rock it again today!

REBBYREB99 you are doing an awesome job!! Way to go on the 4 pound loss AND exercise reward... I have a feeling you will be getting to your goal VERY soon! :) I can't see your spark page so I will write back to you on my blogs... unless you open your page up someday! Great job on filling out the food journal too! That is something i'm working on myselF!

Thanks to Donna, Elaine, and Lalmeida for stopping by and encouraging me on this journey!

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DONNA5281 1/22/2013 11:30PM

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Be sure to rest before your 24 hour shift.

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123ELAINE456 1/22/2013 11:04PM

  You are doing a Fantastic Job. Keep It Up. You Are Worth It. God Bless You and Have a Super Good Day. Take Care. Give Yourself a Big Hug For Me Too. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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LALMEIDA 1/22/2013 11:04PM

  Way to take care of yourself!

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REBBYREB99 1/22/2013 10:46PM

    Mandelovich, your strength in what you and your husband are going through inspires me for many reasons. May God bless you both.

GONABFIT, you inspire me with your determination! Thank you both!

5 things today:

Day 15 of consistently filling in my fitness and nutrition diary

I acted like an adult and wrote a long letter to someone who seems to be disappointed with me and is ignoring me. I am going to continue to write about positive things.

I talked on the phone for a few hours with a very elderly man from my church who is very lonely and his family has nothing to do with him. I just let him go back in time to happier days. He was so appreciative with someone paying attention to him.

I got on the scale at 7:30am and lost 4lbs 14 ounces. I did not reward myself with food but got my exercise clothes on and walked my dog, Jake for 5 miles and then did my stair masters for an hour.

thanks Gonabfit for challenging me to make me be a better person. Sleep well!

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MANDELOVICH 1/22/2013 10:15PM

    You are doing so well! Good for you!!!

Today my husband got chemo and it was really rough. I ended my day binging in Sloan Kettering - the stress and fear really got to me.

But here are five good things...

I woke early to exercise
I brought healthy foods with me to take to his treatment
I walked 15K steps
I helped my husband through a very scary and difficult day
I got things ready so I can eat more on track tomorrow.

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Loving Myself Challenge: Day 4 :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Martin Luther King Day AND Inauguration day!

Because I knew I had to write my 5 things down in public... I got up and made some things happen today :)

1. I got 9 hours of sleep! :-)
2. I tracked all of my food and stayed within my plan!!
3. I took the time to go out and do some yard work... and it was AN AMAZING workout! I burned 400+ calories in about 50 minutes. But I was so tired and my lungs are still healing so, I stopped after the front yard. (CREDIT for getting out there and getting it done!)
5. I made a HEALTHY dinner, ate plenty of veggies, Made a fruit smoothie, resisted the temptation to make brownies (when a random craving hit), and PACKED MY LUNCH FOR TOMORROW.

I'm on a roll. And really, it only takes a few minutes to jot down the 5 things we are proud of. I'm glad to see some people have decided to join in!! If you are hesistant because you think it'll take too long... trust me it won't take longer than 5 mins! And... you don't even have to post it.

*** 4 days into the challenge and I find myself looking for things that I'm doing RIGHT. We all know how easy it is to find the things we do wrong, I figure there is no need to stay focused on my mistakes any longer.

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GONABFIT 1/22/2013 11:16AM

    Thank you all for reading!! And thanks for joining in on the challenge! Doesn't it feel good to have someone recognize all your doing well!? (Even if the someone is yourself!)

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123ELAINE456 1/22/2013 2:37AM

  Awesome!!! You are doing Great. This is the WAY TO GO!!! Keep Pushing Forward. You Can Do It. God Bless You and Have a Super Good Day. Take Care. I love the Five Things You did Too.

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REBBYREB99 1/21/2013 9:46PM

    you are going strong on this and congratulations to you and Mandelovich!

I went to the store and bought groceries and saw all the valentine candy out particularly the chocolates. Instead of picking one up(or several) I went and picked up the organic carrots and munched on them. Boy was I proud of myself!!!!!!

I took my dog on a 4 mile walk, came back and did the stairsteppers for 60 minutes! Tomorrow I weigh in and I really am hoping to get another good reading!!!!

I cooked salmon and made butternut squash and this is the 14th day that I have filled in my meals and fitness daily!!!

I read my bible and last but not least.......all women will understand this especially when you are of a certain age......

I was whistled at on my walk with my dog emoticon

It sure helps a lot in this adventure!

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/21/2013 9:30PM

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MANDELOVICH 1/21/2013 8:31PM

    Great job today!!

OK, here are my five things...

1. I went back to sleep so that I could get close to 8 hours.
2. I did yoga.
3. I went for a 6 mile run, even though it was freezing outside and I had trouble motivating before.
4. I cooked lots of healthy food.
5. I came up with my new plan of allowing one meal/week (1 out of 21) to be an indulgence so that I'm no longer tempted to binge!

Thanks again for this great idea!

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DONNA5281 1/21/2013 8:22PM

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Loving Myself Challenge: Day 3

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Well today was another awesome day. :) They are not ALL awesome... so that's why I try to enjoy it when they really are great days.

1. I went to brunch with a friend. Usually I just say no, especially if I'm afraid I may eat poorly... I ran into some co-workers and it was nice to have time to relax and enjoy life a bit.
2. Even though I was at brunch and ordered an amazingly delicious breakfast... I used MODERATION and only ate one chicken strip and 1/4 of the pancakes. :-D ...and I did it naturally, I got full and stopped eating. Simple as that.
3. I took a nap when I needed one. And slept for 4 hours... so apparently I needed one.
4. I reached my goal of 10,000_ steps and actually have done 11553 steps so far!
5. I cleaned my kitchen before bed so I could have it nice and sparkly in the morning... and my house still looks amazing from when I did my clean up session yesterday.

Ok, that's all I got! Here's a bonus... I have tomorrow off and I will be sleeping AT LEAST 9 hours tonight. YAY! [ Oh and I actually did an official workout of 1:20 mins and logged my food too. :) So, yea.. good day!]

Hope you all are Loving Yourselves... It may get boring to keep reading my daily 5 things I'm proud of, but it's keeping me motivated. Hope you don't mind too much lol... cause I'm gonna keep doing it! well, as long as I can remember! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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123ELAINE456 1/21/2013 4:32PM

  I Love Your Blog!!! You are doing a Tremendous Good Job. Keep Going Forward. God Bless You and Enjoy This Beautiful Cold Day. Take Care.

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/21/2013 3:24PM

    Great control at brunch!....I'm not at that point yet...... emoticon

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DONNA5281 1/21/2013 1:13PM

  I know that I will continue reading your blogs.
It is so nice to have something positive to read.

As I said the other day, I am going to start this in Feb.

Have a great day!

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PUNZIE73 1/21/2013 11:17AM

    This is a great idea! Im gonna start doing this

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REMEMBER2BME 1/21/2013 7:38AM

    I love this and have subscribed to your blogs. You are an extremely busy person with important job responsibilities AND you are getting it done. It ... being taking care of you. I am impressed. You are an inspiration and I plan to continue to follow you.

Let me know if you need anything. I am happy to support you any way I can. Keep up the great work!!!

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MANDELOVICH 1/21/2013 1:41AM

    I need a loving myself challenge. I think this is such a great idea!

Here are my five things:

1. Took a great spin class.
2. Got in over 15k steps
3. Made lots of healthy food.
4. Got to see a good friend.
5. Got enough sleep and will again tonight.

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LHLADY517 1/20/2013 11:54PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day.

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Loving Myself Challenge: Day 2!

Saturday, January 19, 2013


I'm post-call and EXHAUSTED. So, I'm going to get to the point.

1/19/2013 [ I randomly almost wrote 1/19/2003 --- Time warp! LOL]

1. I did NOT overindulge on coffee while on my overnight shift. I used water and 1 cup of tea to help myself stay awake. I also did not eat the FREE Goldfish, cookies, peanut butter, or crackers at work!
2. I came home and cleaned my house for 2 hours after getting off work. :-D It is spic and span and now I can relax the rest of the weekend! I'm off until Tuesday!
3. I did an hour of activity and got a good workout in
4. Took time to take an amazing bath and had a great nap!!!!
5. Going to spend some time with my friends tonight!

I am being extra nice to myself since I worked hard last night. Hope you all have a great day!

Enjoy the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend! Take some time to be nice to yourself... AND someone else. Spread joy. Practice fairness and equality.... and as I like to say, ' Be kinder than necessary. Everyone you meet is fighting a difficult battle.'

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REMEMBER2BME 2/2/2013 12:07PM

    Killer blog. I am way behind. I thought I subscribed but was not getting alerts. I am glad I friended you because I was able to go to my friends today and find you. Have a great weekend!

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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 1/22/2013 11:28PM

    Cleaning after working a long shift? That's awesome haha!

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SKEEWEE2MEK 1/20/2013 10:45PM

    You just convinced me to take a bath. It's sooo hard to carve out time to be nice to ourselves emoticon emoticon

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DONNA5281 1/20/2013 8:50AM

  Great blog, thank you for sharing.

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Enjoy your time off from work.

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OJ_2_OK 1/20/2013 7:50AM

    Great job and thank u for that last reminder

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JUDITHANNIE 1/20/2013 7:49AM

    Great blog have a good weekend

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SUGAR0814 1/19/2013 10:43PM

    You have a great weekend too! Glad you made it through your shift!! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 1/19/2013 10:43PM

  Great Job. God Bless You and Have a Beautiful Weekend. Take Care.

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SUNSET09 1/19/2013 10:43PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are doing a great service to yourself and others. Good for you as if you take care of yourself, you're fit and capable of taking care of others. If it is to be, it must start with me! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/19/2013 10:26PM

    Well said, thank you

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JULESJET 1/19/2013 10:19PM

    Good job!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/19/2013 8:52PM

    emoticon Keep Loving!...Have a great weekend!

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Loving Myself Challenge: 21 days

Saturday, January 19, 2013

First, I would like to THANK EVERYONE who read my blog!! However, I got nominated for Popular Blog Award... it was SUCH a surpirse. I didn't think anyone actually read this blog anyway! lol. I just write things down because I like writing and being able to go back and read where my mind was at a certain part of my journey!

I am on one of my 24 hour shifts ( I am a doctor for those people who asked in the previous blog who don't know me. :) and am taking a quick minute to say THANK YOU for taking the time to read my blog. THANK YOU for your suggestions/tips/comments. :-) I LOVE SparkPeople! ... That award ranks up there with my becoming a SparkPeople Motivator! lol

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But, back to the point of this quick blog.

I have been doing this in my own journal at home when I can remember, but I figured... accountability never hurts. So, I am going to but it out there for you guys to see for the next 21 days.

This Loving Myself Challenge will lead me close to Valentine's Day, I'm guessing? :-) The goal is to find FIVE things I'm proud of each day and take the time to recognize that I've done something well. The recognizing the "GOOD " that I've done wil be the art/evidence of loving myself. I've found in the past that knowing I need 5 things I'm proud of by the end of the day, usually gets me up and moving and doing something so I can write it down.

Not that I'm not already active and working hard and you know.... busy.

But, this helps me refocus at the end of the day and try to give credit where it is due.

The 5 things I write down can be: physical exercise, eating well, doing something nice for someone else, or basically anything I want. NOTHING is too small to put on your list.

NOW, if anyone is still reading from yesterday... want to join in!? If not, I'll still be here doing the challenge until someone decides to check back in :-)

Yesterday was the official start for me... But I guess it's today now? I'm not sure, I've been up all night. :) (a little humor to get me through the LAST 4 hours at work. 20 down, 4 to go. )

1. I woke up early and realized work had been delayed due to the weather. Instead of going back to sleep as I had originally planned, I jumped on my treadmill and did a quick 30 min run. Then, I got dressed and headed to work.
2. I logged all of my food. Even the little extras I hadn't expected to eat. wasn't many :)
3. I wore my FitBit Pedometer ALL day and purposely tried to take the long way while walking around the hospital.
4. I walked > 15,000 steps before midnight. The FitBit automatically resets at midnight so all of my latest steps are counting towards today now. ;-)
5. HMMMM.... I have to come up with one last thing. Well, I took the time to talk to a young lady at work who looked particulary stressed out and tried to brighten her day a bit.

BONUS- ** I ate fruit for my snacks.
(OK, I'll stop being a show-off. I logged an extra one. ;-) Maybe I get Extra credit love today since I'm working so hard!? emoticon emoticon emoticon )

See! That wasn't anything spectacular and probably not life changing. But, I bet if you give yourself some Self-Love for the next 3 weeks, and recognize how well you are really doing.... you will be EVEN stronger and ready to take on this weight loss *healthy living* challenge we are on.

Can't give away what you don't have. Want love, give it (to yourself), then to others! Want acceptance, give it (to yourself), THEN to others!

Break is over. Later Sparkies!

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LILY_SPARK 2/3/2013 8:19PM

    I just found you -- what a great idea! I think I'll come up with something similar for myself. I'm in need of some motivation and positivity is MOTIVATION :)

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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 1/22/2013 11:26PM

    Hi! Just found you and your blog, and I absolutely love this challenge! And it makes me want to do it to! I'll start tomorrow.

P.S. I also run a motivation blog that's not on SP (link is on my profile if interested) and I think my readers on FB and G+ might enjoy this challenge. Would you mind if I borrowed the idea to use in February?

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REMEMBER2BME 1/20/2013 4:02PM

    Love this!

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JSTETSER 1/19/2013 5:55PM

    Great post! Thank you for visiting my post and leaving a comment today!
I added you as my Spark Friend today!

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THESLIMMERME1 1/19/2013 5:24PM

    emoticon I have been trying to do something like this too - so I feel like I have accomplished something for the day...one of the challenges of going from Full time work to full time retirement!
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TEDYBEAR2838 1/19/2013 4:40PM

    Having a plan is the best!

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123ELAINE456 1/19/2013 3:58PM

  I Love Your Blogs. Will have to think about Your Love Challenge for Feb. You are Doing a Teriffic Job. Keep It Up. God Bless You and Have a Delightful Fun Day. Take Care. Congratulations on Your 21 Days Too and being Nominated For POPULAR BLOG AWARD. You Deserve It. WOOHOO.

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NELLIEC 1/19/2013 3:39PM

    It starts with God loving us, and we have to accept it. Once we accept it, we can begin loving ourselves and loving others.

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DONNA5281 1/19/2013 1:37PM

  Great blog. I love your goals.
I think I will try this next month but I will write it in my note book.

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REBBYREB99 1/19/2013 10:52AM

    I love your goals. You can't give to others what you do not have yourself. So everyone needs to tell themselves everyday how important you are and your life has a purpose. I do not think people really realize how meaningful it would be if the next time you are standing in line at the grocery store and that clerk is looking like she/he is having a bad day that you smile and tell them what a great job they are doing. Look how it makes yourself feel when someone pays you a compliment?

Ok..so I won't go on and I will just say that I love your blog. Thank you and I am excited for you and your 21 day goal. I too have a goal to lose 15 pounds by February 20th where I will meet my 4 high school girlfriends in Vegas. It is now going on 2 weeks of my challenge and I am planning on meeting it with the help of people on here. emoticon

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STEVIEBEE569 1/19/2013 10:50AM

    This is a great challenge! I'm doing a Love Myself Challenge in February. I like the idea of writing 5 things you're proud of on a daily basis! Much success to you with your challenge!

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ANGHARAD3 1/19/2013 4:32AM

  Great blog. Good luck with your challenge.

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