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How I used the Sparkpeople philosophy

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Last week I had the chance to spread the philosophy I have learned as a member in an area other than weight loss. Hopefully, I was able to help a coworker to make some small positive changes in her relationships with others as a result.

Just a little background - I always seem to be in need of smaller clothes as I continue to move on my weight loss journey. I was joking about having to go shopping again and the next day this coworker brought in an entire garbage bag full of clean folded shirts and dress pants that her husband no longer wears, and said she hoped I could use them. I was very surprised since she usually has what I could only term as an abrasive attitude. Most of us ( myself included) usually try to stay out of her way as much as possible to avoid the usual nasty remarks that we encounter.

My response to this gift: The next morning I placed a hand written "Thank You" note on her desk. Very soon she came to me and thanked me for the note! I think she was genuinely touched my that simple gesture. And it made me feel good to do it, too. I hope that by doing this small thing I have helped her to try to continue to improve her dealings with others. If I did help her I am glad. If not, I know I did help one person feel better about themself - ME.

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RAINBOWMF 6/16/2010 11:00PM

    What a great story, did the lady ever find a
better personality?

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DRAGONFLY519 1/24/2010 6:58AM

    That is an awesome story...


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I peddled off my plateau

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I checked with the sacle today and was amazed to see that I had lost 6 pounds since last week (that is a total of 85 pounds gone!). And I know why!!!

For the last 2 weeks I was stuck at a total loss of 79 pounds (but not discouraged, since my clothes were continuing to get bigger and bigger). It was at that time I started to ride a stationary bike a few minutes a day. Well, now I do 2 to 3 short "rides" a day for a total of about 50 minutes. I just grab my water bottle, my new copy of The Spark, and peddle.

The new activity is really making changes in the way I look, as well as my weight. In fact, 2 people at work last week, asked why I was wearing my old baggy pants (the ones I had when I joined Sparkpeople). I was delighted to let them know that they are the new ones that are 6 inches smaller than the old ones!

What a wonderful feeling - having more energy to go shopping for new, smaller clothes.

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VALERIEMAHA 1/17/2010 1:50PM

    OK...that does it! emoticonSeeing your blog (via my friend Watermellen) is a SIGN emoticon

I belong to a Fitness Center...and I WILL check out a spinning class this week. I've been pretending for awhile now that I don't have a body. emoticon

But it's clear that I'm draggin' somethin' around with me...and that "somethin'" is going with me to a spinning class THIS WEEK!

Thanks for the wonderful, motivational blog!!!

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WATERMELLEN 1/17/2010 1:02PM

    Good for you! (And: I'm a huge fan of thrift stores during that "amazing shrinking person" phase . . )

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HAPPYNSMILING 1/17/2010 8:26AM

    emoticon Keep up the good work.

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ANDIEGOR1 1/17/2010 7:55AM

    Thanks for the idea. I have been stuck as well and need to change up my exercise.

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What I learned on "My Weekend Off"

Monday, September 07, 2009

I just returned home from a long weekend trip to attend the wedding of a very close relative, during which I just sort of "took the weekend off" from my own lifestyle goals. This short trip opened my eyes in several ways that I will try to share briefly to help others who might encounter the same pitfalls.
Before I explain the lessons I brought home from my trip, I have to say I had a great time visiting family and friends and seeing my lovely Niece marry the man of her dreams in a beautiful riverside ceremony. The entire wedding party (including all the guests) were ferried to the location on large flotilla of pontoons, which gave the whole event a unique twist from the beginning. From there everything just got better, but I won't go off on that tangent here.

Now to the reason for this writing. During my hours on the drive home, I had time to reflect on the weekend and I soon realized that this trip was only a detour on my real journey to a healthy lifestyle. Here is a short list of what I learned:
1. Most people have no idea of portion size or nutritional content of the foods they serve and eat.
2. For most of us, any "special occasion" serves as an excuse to put our own life goals on hold.
3. It is very easy to get caught up in the moment and totally disregard what we have worked so hard to learn.
4, I am not even close to the end of my journey and have a lot more work to do on MYSELF before I get there.
5. I made both good and bad decisions for myself, both which will help me make better ones in the future.
6. Every situation is a chance to learn, if we use it such. And I gained many chances to learn from mine.

Well, now I'm home, back on track, and grateful for my wonderful weekend seeing everyone so happy, visiting , and learning so much about myself.

By the way, I DID do enough right over the last week to drop another pound along the way!!


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CHAIMANN 9/7/2009 11:05AM

    Very smart observations. I have a couple of weekend trips coming up, and expect to have these same "learning opportunities". In the past, I would have dreaded the inevitable failure, but now I am anticipating what I can do well.

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